Regarding UPMC board chairman G. Nicholas Beckwith III's June 17 commentary ("Choice and Competition") on UPMC's reasoning as to why it "cannot, and will not, enter into a new contract giving Highmark in-network access to UPMC facilities and services" :
I don't get it. I can't follow Mr. Beckwith's logic. I'm just a layperson trying to make sense out of this stuff -- important stuff that will affect us all one way or another. Here's the part I can't figure out.
UPMC apparently cannot survive, or at a minimum will be in serious jeopardy, if Highmark is somehow able to shift 41,000 patients away from UPMC hospitals and into its own Allegheny Health Network hospitals.
Then how in the world will UPMC be able to survive if UPMC were to declare its resources out of network to all those covered by Highmark insurance? I'm thinking that would affect way more than 41,000 folks. If I am even close to following UPMC's logic, it just isn't making any real-world sense. Can someone please explain this to me? Until then, UPMC's argument sounds like just so much posturing -- not logic from a business perspective.
LESLIE ADDIS HUGHES