Court: UPMC to maintain Highmark's Medicare Advantage in-network rates

A ruling by Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court Judge Dan Pellegrini mandates that the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) maintain in-network rates until 2019 for Highmark's Medicare Advantage (MA) members, the Associated Press reported. Pellegrini also required the two entities to finalize a signed state-mediated consent decree; the companies are not allowed to make changes to any plan nor are they able to contract relationship without getting court approval. The court's decision stemmed from UPMC's move to cancel its MA contract with Highmark in April. Article