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UPMC, Highmark agree to 10-year contract

PITTSBURGH — UPMC and Highmark have agreed to enter into a 10-year contract to make UPMC doctors and facilities available to all Highmark customers, Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro announced Monday.

The announcement of the major development -- which brings an end to the dispute between the health care conglomerates -- comes just over a week after a judge ruled a 5-year-old agreement between UPMC and Highmark could not be extended beyond its June 30 expiration date.

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The new agreement is set to go into effect July 1, meaning no patients will experience disruptions to their care, Shapiro said.

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Negotiations to reach the agreement began before the June 14 ruling on the previous 5-year agreement.

The 10-year deal is the longest UPMC has ever made with any insurer, officials said.

For more on how this deal sets a precedent, visit our news partners at the Pittsburgh Business Times.