Pittsburgh Health Care Giants Take Fight to Each Other’s Turf

When their decades-old agreement expires January 1, 2015, Highmark Blue Cross/Blue Shield and University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) are severing their partnership and becoming competitors. The change came when Highmark purchased UPMC’s main competitor and got into the hospital business, becoming a health care provider itself. UPMC will be expanding its existing insurance business and will not renew its contract with Highmark.