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Highmark Health Services And St. Clair Hospital Reach Agreement On Multi-Year Contract

July 24, 2013

PITTSBURGH - Highmark Health Services and St. Clair Hospital today announced a multi-year contract that will ensure Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield members have access to the Mt. Lebanon-based hospital and each of its outpatient centers. The new contract will also provide Highmark Health Services members the ability to access the services now offered at St. Clair's new Peters Township Outpatient Center.

"St. Clair is pleased that we have reached a fair and equitable agreement with Highmark," said James M. Collins, president and CEO of St. Clair Hospital. "We are looking forward to continuing to be a participating provider in all Highmark products."

In addition, St. Clair will continue to participate in Highmark Health's Quality Blue Hospital Program that is focused on quality patient care.

"Highmark is pleased that the new contract with St. Clair achieves an important balance, reimbursing the institution to provide necessary care to Highmark Health members, while also recognizing the need to maintain comprehensive and affordable health benefit programs for Highmark Health customers," said Michael Fiaschetti, president of Health Markets for Highmark Health Services. "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."

According to Fiaschetti, 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 western Pennsylvania.

St. Clair Hospital
St. Clair Hospital is an independent, acute care facility that provides advanced, high quality health care to more than 400,000 residents of southwestern Pennsylvania. With 550 physicians and more than 2,000 employees, St. Clair is the largest employer in Pittsburgh's South Hills. Providing virtually every health care service that residents might need throughout their lives, the Hospital combines advanced technologies with exceptional medical expertise to ensure that the community's health needs are met. For more information, please visit www.stclair.org.

Highmark Health Services
Highmark Health Services is among the largest health insurers in the United States and the fourth-largest Blue Cross and Blue Shield-affiliated company. Highmark Health Services operates health insurance plans in Pennsylvania, Delaware and West Virginia that serve 5.3 million members. Its diversified health businesses serve group customer and individual health needs across the United States through dental insurance, vision care and other related health businesses. Highmark Health Services 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.

The Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association is a national federation of 37 independent, community-based and locally-operated Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies that collectively provide healthcare coverage for more than 105 million members – one-in-three Americans.  For more information on the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association and its member companies, please visit bcbs.com. We encourage you to connect with us on Facebook, check out our videos on YouTube, follow us on Twitter and check out The BCBS Blog, for up-to-date information about BCBSA.