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Allegheny Health signs Hopkins cancer pact

PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh-based Allegheny Health Network has signed a five-year deal to collaborate with Baltimore’s Johns Hopkins Medicine on cancer treatment and research.

The deal was announced Monday, six months after both medical providers announced they had reached a memorandum of understanding to collaborate.

Allegheny Health Network is an eight-hospital network owned by health insurer Highmark Inc. Seven of those hospitals are in western Pennsylvania, and five were part of the financially troubled West Penn Allegheny Health System.

The agreement with the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center will include clinical consultation, meaning Johns Hopkins doctors will consult when Allegheny Health doctors are treating patients with rare cancers, or those who may qualify for novel treatments, including clinical trials.

The providers will also work together on research, quality and safety projects, continuing education and patient services.

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