Highmark, UPMC sign one-year contract; Delaware Blues to contribute $20M to community fund

> Highmark and the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) have extended their contract by one year. However, further negotiations of a longer-term contract remains uncertain because UPMC said it won't renew the contract because Highmark is acquiring UPMC's rival, West Penn Allegheny Health System, the Pittsburgh Business Times reports. Highmark, however, remains optimistic, saying that it "will continue to work toward achieving a long-term contract with UPMC that guarantees our members affordable access to all UPMC hospitals and physicians and preserves provider choice." Article

> The Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association (BCBSA) is offering its support for the Office of the National Coordinator's campaign to promote consumer awareness of health information technology, reports Government HealthIT. "Health information technology has the power to transform the way healthcare is delivered and significantly increase safety, efficiency and the quality of care for all Americans," BCBSA said. Article

> Blue Cross Blue Shield of Delaware plans to contribute $20 million to its community foundation fund, pending the approval of its affiliation with Highmark, according to Insurance and Financial Advisor. The insurer will add the money January 2012 through 2021. Article

> And Finally...Don't kick someone in the face or you may get a tooth in your foot. Article

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