Business briefs: Court rules no arbitration for Highmark/UPMC dispute
December 7, 2016 12:00 AM
The Mylan Headquarters at Southpointe in Washington County.
From staff and wire reports
Court rules no arbitration for Highmark/UPMC dispute
Highmark will not have to arbitrate to settle a dispute with UPMC over cancer care billings, a state appellate court ruled last week. The ruling in Superior Court said Highmark will not be compelled to arbitrate UPMC’s claims for higher reimbursement for cancer care provided to Highmark members between 2010 and 2014. A three-judge panel said the case should be heard in court. UPMC had appealed a March 2015 Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas decision that denied UPMC’s bid to compel arbitration. In April 2014, Highmark had stopped paying UPMC higher reimbursement rates for treating Highmark members.
Drugmaker Mylan may trim workforce
Generic drugmaker Mylan reportedly is looking reduce its global workforce. It is unclear whether the cuts will involve layoffs. Mylan, which maintains its operations base in Cecil, did not return emails seeking comment. In a statement provided to several other media organizations, spokeswoman Nina Devlin said the company was looking for ways to best optimize its assets, “including reducing redundancy across our organization.” As part of the process, “We will be taking actions that will impact less than 10 percent of our global workforce,” Ms. Devlin said. As of the end of last year, Mylan’s worldwide workforce included some 35,000 employees and external contractors, according to the company’s latest 10K filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
Regulators ask Pa. high court to overturn stay on drilling rules
State environmental regulators are asking Pennsylvania’s Supreme Court to overturn a stay that a lower court placed on selected new shale gas drilling rules last month. The Department of Environmental Protection filed the appeal Tuesday and asked the high court to review a Commonwealth Court decision that put a temporary hold on some rules related to public resource protections, abandoned well monitoring, large fluid holding ponds and well site restoration. The Commonwealth Court sided with the Marcellus Shale Coalition, the industry group challenging the regulations, when it postponed enforcement of those sections of the rules on Nov. 8 until the court can consider the broader case. A hearing in the case has not been scheduled.
Jewish Healthcare Foundation approves grants
The Jewish Healthcare Foundation has approved $1.52 million in grants, including a $500,000 grant to develop a virtual site focused on the health care system. The Museum to the Future of Health Care will be an online space where health care experts, policy makers, community leaders and others can collaborate on technology, best practices and innovations. Other grants include a $900,000 block grant to the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh for services that benefit the local Jewish community; $68,000 to the United Way Impact Fund; and $50,000 to Chatham University to study the feasibility of a new living-learning center for senior citizens.
Six Pittsburgh companies earn top score on LGBT inclusive index
A half dozen Pittsburgh-based companies were named a “Best Place to Work” for LGBT employees by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation after scoring a 100 percent on its Corporate Equality Index. The six companies are: Highmark Inc., American Eagle Outfitters Inc., PNC Financial Services Group, Inc., Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC, K&L Gates LLP and Reed Smith LLP. In its 15th edition of the survey sent to Fortune 1000 businesses, the Human Rights Campaign found 517 companies achieved a perfect score out of more than 900 surveyed.
Airport plans class for first-time fliers
The Allegheny County Airport Authority is launching a “First Time Flyers” class that will offer tips on booking flights online, navigating the airport and security checkpoint, traveling with children, and other topics. The class will be offered Dec. 17. Sign up at www.flypittsburgh.com/FirstTimeFlyers. The deadline to register is 11:59 p.m. Dec. 15. For more information, contact Elise Farris at 412-472-5674.
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