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Wednesday, May 31, 2023

Highmark Blue Shield contracts with Penn Medicine’s Hospitals in Southeast Pennsylvania

PHILADELPHIA (May 31, 2023) - Highmark Blue Shield today announced that Penn Medicine on behalf of itself and its affiliates has entered into a Pennsylvania Insurance Department and Pennsylvania Department of Health approved in-network provider contract with Highmark Inc. on behalf of itself and its affiliate health plans. 

The agreement with Penn Medicine’s Hospitals, includes Individual Affordable Care Act, Small Group Affordable Care Act, Large Group Fully Insured, Large Group Self-Insured products from Highmark Blue Shield and its affiliates in the southeast Pennsylvania region to be effective January 1, 2024, subject to regulatory approvals.

“We are pleased to announce this agreement with Penn Medicine, one of the leading health systems in the country,” said Dan Tropeano, Highmark’s segment president for southeastern Pennsylvania. “This is another step as we build out a large and comprehensive presence that will include quality hospitals, physicians and ancillary providers in southeastern Pennsylvania to ensure that our customers and members have broad access to the best care.”

Penn Medicine is a world-renowned academic health system with six hospitals and a homecare and ambulatory enterprise stretching from the Susquehanna River to the Jersey Shore whose workforce strives to improve the health and well-being of people through research, education, clinical care, and community service. The health system’s hospitals are all recognized as among the best in the Philadelphia metro area, with the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania being ranked number one.

“Penn Medicine is excited to partner more closely with Highmark, extending our participation into the greater Philadelphia market to offer choices for even more patients in our region,” said Roy Schwartz, Penn Medicine’s Vice President for Payer Strategy. “We look forward to providing Highmark members the very best clinical care that this region has to offer and to collaborating with Highmark to find new ways to bring our shared patients the experiences and relationships that allow them to live their healthiest lives.”

About Highmark Blue Shield
Highmark Inc., doing business as Highmark Blue Shield, protects Pennsylvania individuals and families with a range of high-quality, affordable, and reliable health insurance solutions. As the only Blue Shield licensee in Pennsylvania, Highmark Blue Shield has a long and successful history of delivering remarkable experiences in Southeastern Pennsylvania through the Federal Employee Program. Highmark Blue Shield earned a Brand Excellence Award from the national Blue Cross Blue Shield Association, in recognition of its efforts in building brand strength and providing superior customer service, solid financial performance and enrollment growth. Highmark is also annually recognized as a "Best Place to Work for LGBT Equality" from the Human Rights Campaign Foundation, and a "Best Place to Work for Disability Inclusion" through the Disability Equality Index® a leading national benchmark established jointly by the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) and Disability:IN. Highmark 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

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Leilyn Perri
Highmark Blue Shield