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UPMC seeks to join antitrust case against Blues plans
Modern Healthcare

UPMC is staging legal battles on several fronts against Blue Cross and Blue Shield insurers. 

The Pittsburgh-based integrated delivery system filed a motion Thursday to join a multi-state antitrust lawsuit accusing dozens of Blues plans of illegally impeding competition by refusing to compete with one another. The issue has become especially relevant to the Pittsburgh-based academic health system because it will go out of network with Highmark Health—a Blues plan—once a consent decree between the two expires in June. UPMC wants to contract with other non-Highmark Blues plans in the areas it serves, but their policies prevent it from doing so.