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Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield and St. Clair Hospital announce agreement on multi-year contract

Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield

PITTSBURGH (June 3, 2016) — Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield and St. Clair Hospital today announced a multi-year contract that will ensure Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield members will continue to have access to the quality care provided by St. Clair Hospital and its 550 physicians in the South Hills area.

"We’re pleased to continue St. Clair’s longstanding relationship with Highmark,” said Richard C. Chesnos, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, St. Clair Hospital. “We look forward to continuing to care for Highmark members."

The agreement also means that Highmark members will continue to have access to St. Clair Hospital’s outpatient centers, labs and MRI center.

"Highmark’s new contract with St. Clair Hospital achieves the important balance of fairly reimbursing a community-based hospital to provide high quality care to our members, while also recognizing the need to maintain comprehensive and affordable health benefit programs for our members and customers," said Deborah Rice-Johnson, president, Highmark Health Plan.

Highmark is committed to working with community hospitals to support improvements in health care that will enable them to remain independent and will assure affordable access to quality medical care for its members in community-based settings. In addition, such collaborations with community hospitals boost the economic vitality of the region and preserve stronger, more economically viable communities throughout southwestern Pennsylvania.

"As health care costs continue to rise, we need to continue to work with all health care providers to reach mutually acceptable agreements that are in the community's best interests," Rice Johnson said.

About Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield

Highmark Inc. doing business as Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield serves approximately 3.3 million members through the company’s health care benefits business and hundreds of thousands of additional members through the Blue card program. It employs more than 4,200 people in western, north central and northeastern Pennsylvania. Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, an association of independent Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies. For more information, visit www.highmark.com.

For more information, contact:
Aaron Billger
Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield
412-544-7826
aaron.billger@highmarkhealth.org