Frayed Ties With Highmark Cause UPMC Physicians to Worry About Salaries

Healthcare attorneys who represent University of Pittsburgh Medical Center physicians said many of their clients think their salaries could get cut if UPMC does not renew its contract with health insurer Highmark, according to a Pittsburgh Post-Gazette report.

Losing Highmark patients could hinder physicians from meeting their productivity requirements, the report said. Physicians are partially compensated by relative value units, which assign a numeric value to the services a physician performs.

However, UPMC officials said they do not anticipate the Highmark contract — which has nine more months before expiration — to be an issue with its 2,900 employed physicians as UPMC begins to move away from traditional volume-based payment models, and any physician contracts with Highmark would be adjusted in the short term, according to the report.

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