We created the AHN for the Community and to maintain 17,000 jobs in the health sector, a figure that now exceeds 20,000. We plan to continue to develop the NHS to meet the needs of patients throughout the region. Does the Highmark and UPMC agreement include a complete network? What is the impact of the Highmark and UPMC agreement on Medicare Advantage? This agreement focuses on western Pennsylvania and has no impact on other regions. . This announcement provides thousands of people in our community with the security of access to health care. This is a big step forward for our region. Together, Highmark and AHN are recognized as national leaders in the development and implementation of a community-based value-based model of care that focuses on maintaining patients healthy and providing effective health options in comfortable environments close to where they live. This is the future of health care in our country and Highmark and AHN have been at the forefront of transformation. We have issued the following statement by David Holmberg, Highmark Health President and CEO It is important to remember that five years ago, Highmark took courageous steps to secure the choice of health care in this region by investing more than $2 billion in exceptional care and services provided by AHN in the Pittsburgh and Erie regions, including a nationally recognized heart team that delivers the state`s #1 heart transplant program and a top 10 program in the country; a cancer institute that works with the renowned Johns Hopkins Cancer Centre to provide high-level cancer innovation and treatment capabilities; and a women`s health program that sets new standards for the treatment of women with postpartum depression. Not at all. We focus on doing what is right for our members and the community. Competition in the health sector will help reduce costs, quality and innovation in care.
This includes a 10-year extension of the children`s hospital contract from July 1, 2019. Today`s news of a contract between Highmark and UPMC keeps alive the promise made to our community over the past five years at Highmark Health: consumers and patients have two excellent health systems to choose from for their care, in addition to our many independent community hospitals. On behalf of our staff, clinicians and all those we serve, I would like to thank Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro for his leadership and commitment to mediating this new day for health care in Western Pennsylvania. absolutely. Our plans will continue. We are committed to a community-based network that will reinvent health care for consumers. We are committed to advancing changes in the way care is delivered at the community level. While the terms and conditions between Highmark and UPMC will be concluded in the coming weeks, starting July 1, all Highmark members will have full network access to UPMC if their UPMC health plan includes their network of health care providers.
What does this mean for access to UPMC hospitals in other areas, such as Central Pennsylvania? Have questions about the Highmark and UPMC agreements? Read on: