Opportunities for Hospitals

Services

Regional Size and Scope

UPMC Emergency Medicine’s size provides an economy of scale that leads to a cost-effective approach to physician staffing. By keeping operational and overhead costs low, more resources are available for physicians, leading to improved patient care. Unlike larger national “mega-groups”, UPMC Emergency Medicine is based in western Pennsylvania, which allows for close and frequent contact with our partner hospitals. As part of UPMC, UPMC Emergency Medicine is backed by the resources and expertise of an internationally renowned integrated health system.

UPMC Emergency Medicine’s management strategies improve the quality of care, lower costs, and optimize revenue. The UPMC Emergency Medicine philosophy sets the tone for a successful hospital, leading to increased market share.

Recruiting/Staffing

Recruiting a stable group of high quality physicians is a huge challenge for community hospitals.  UPMC Emergency Medicine has a comprehensive physician recruiting and retention program that has led to dramatic improvements in staffing at our client hospitals.  We commit significant resources on recruiting, including regular advertising in national/regional journals, an internet presence, displays at national emergency medicine and hospitalist medicine meetings, and a substantial database of regional physicians assembled over the past decade.

In addition to a stable group of high quality physicians dedicated to each hospital, our model provides the additional resource of dedicated “floater physicians” who are available on short notice to fill unexpected vacancies.  These floater physicians are experienced, full-time UPMC Emergency Medicine physicians who are familiar with UPMC Emergency Medicine’s philosophy and provide a consistent high quality solution to temporary staffing shortages due to physician disabilities, military deployments, relocations, or retirements. UPMC Emergency Medicine places a strong emphasis on balancing physician workloads and maintaining a low patient-to-physician ratio.

UPMC Emergency Medicine’s medical directors and physicians are committed to the hospital’s success and serve on a variety of hospital committees, including medical executive, risk management, pharmacy, patient safety, critical care, disaster management, and education.

Medical and Legal Services

Staying on top of legal issues can be time-consuming and costly.  UPMC Emergency Medicine has a comprehensive risk management program that covers all aspects of emergency and hospital medicine. We provide all of our physicians with high quality occurrence-based (tail coverage) malpractice insurance.  Our size and performance has led to lower malpractice insurance costs, which frees more resources for patient care.

UPMC Emergency Medicine also has expertise in EMTALA, compliance, HIPAA, and other areas pertinent to ensuring the highest quality patient care.

Documentation/Coding/Billing

UPMC Emergency Medicine has a comprehensive program for documentation optimization and compliance.  Our physicians receive routine feedback on documentation performance, and individual performance metrics are included in our physician incentive plan.

Our extensive expertise in coding and billing leads to optimal collections.  Our economy of scale enables us to provide coding/billing at lower cost, which provides more resources for direct patient care.  UPMC Emergency Medicine also works closely with our partner hospitals to ensure appropriate documentation for optimal facility coding/collections.

Facility Planning

UPMC Emergency Medicine has assisted numerous hospitals with the design of new emergency departments as well as the renovation of existing emergency departments.  Our extensive experience helps our partner hospitals design an emergency department that promotes patient flow, ergonomic efficiency, and improved patient care.