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US: Healthcare foes agree to antitrust peace treaty

 |  October 24, 2013

The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and health insurance firm Highmark Inc. have reportedly agreed to stop their antitrust spats at the encouragement of a judge, say reports.

The two have agreed to settle the dispute, but experts say despite an end to the legal war, an agreement has not been reached about their original conflict. The expiration of a contract between the two healthcare groups, set to expire next year, would place UPMC doctors and hospitals as out-of-network providers to those with Highmark insurance.

UPMC reportedly refuses to renew the contract because Highmark acquired a hospital network in hopes of becoming a competitor to UPMC.

Further details on a possible outcome to the dispute were not reported.

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