Monongahela Valley Hospital and Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield announce agreement on multi-year contract


(August 1, 2017 - Carroll Township, Pa.)

Monongahela Valley Hospital (MVH) and Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield today announced a multi-year contract that will ensure Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield members in Washington County will continue to have access to the quality care provided by MVH, as well as medical imaging services, primary care and women's health physicians and specialty services such as cancer care, orthopedics, cardiovascular rehabilitation, nephrology and surgery.

"We are happy to announce this agreement and look forward to continuing to serve Highmark members in Washington County," said MVH President and CEO Louis J. Panza Jr. "One of the benefits of being an independent, community hospital is that Monongahela Valley Hospital accepts most insurance plans and people can receive expert care without worrying about their insurance coverage."

In addition, Highmark members will continue to have access to MVH's Same Day Surgery Center, Center for Children's Rehabilitation and Occupational Health Services.

"As we work to ensure continued access to high-quality and affordable care for our members, we are pleased to have Monongahela Valley Hospital in-network for our members and customers in Washington County," said Tom Fitzpatrick, senior vice president of Provider Contracting & Relations for Highmark. "We will continue to work with health care providers to reach mutually acceptable agreements that are in the community's best interests."

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.

About Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield

Highmark Inc., doing business as Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield, serves approximately 3.3 million members through the company's health care benefits business and hundreds of thousands of additional members through the Blue card program. Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield is the market leader in commercial market share, and has strong Medicare Advantage market share as well. Highmark is the largest and highest-rated Medicare Advantage program in Pennsylvania with a CMS rating of 4.5 Stars. In western Pennsylvania, its unaided brand awareness, brand preference and overall brand rating are significantly higher than its closest competitor. Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield employs nearly 4,000 people in western, north central and northeastern Pennsylvania. Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield 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.

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