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What happens when you cross a big healthcare comglomerate

West Penn forces out group of 4 doctors

Saturday, November 08, 2008

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

One day after internal medicine specialists at Health Center Associates notified West Penn Allegheny they were leaving the hospital system to join the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center on Dec. 1, two West Penn administrators walked into the group's Bloomfield offices and ordered the doctors to leave the premises that day.

One of the physicians, Alan Steckel, said "there were about a dozen patients in the office" at the time, with another 15 due later that day, Wednesday.

All the patients were seen, "but it was not the kind of care I like to provide or usually provide for my patients," he said.

"The patients obviously felt deserted. In terms of planning this out, it was not done with patients in mind. We had patients crying in the office, staff crying in the office," Dr. Steckel said.

He said the group's contract with West Penn was due to expire Nov. 30, but that they planned to see patients until the day before to ensure an orderly transition. Now, "unfortunately, for three weeks we can't see our patients."...

...The incident this week underscores the ongoing intense competition between the region's two largest health systems.

Earlier this year, a group of six obstetrics/gynecology physicians at UPMC Mercy were locked out of their offices one month after giving notice that they were moving to West Penn Hospital.

http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/08313/926365-28.stm

Wow, it's that bad is it. I bet those docs are bailing because they are fearing how the current economic status will affect them. However it does not excuse the thugish behavior of WPAGH. By the way, I lost my gyne doc because UPMC did the same thing to her and her practice. UPMC showed up one day during office hours and threw them into the street and locked the doors. My gyne and her associates had announced they were leaving UPMC but had planned to keep the practice going till the last minute to ease the transition on the patients. God forbid these big guys like UPMC and WPAGH should worry about the patients.

Neveranurseagain, RN

Has 26 years experience.

And here I was thinking that healthcare involved caring for people! What was I thinking???? doh.gif Doh

gentlegiver, ASN, LPN, RN

Specializes in Geriatrics.

And here I was thinking that healthcare involved caring for people! What was I thinking???? doh.gif Doh

:yeahthat:

NRSKarenRN, BSN, RN

Has 43 years experience. Specializes in Vents, Telemetry, Home Care, Home infusion.

they can usually only do this when a hospital's health system owns/manages the practice. the health system "owns" the patient database/records, not individual docs. health system does not want doctors to take patients away from current practice location nor removal of records from practice.

leaving a hospital practice? plan ahead

http://www.acpinternist.org/archives/2001/01/softlanding.htm

they can usually only do this when a hospital's health system owns/manages the practice. the health system "owns" the patient database/records, not individual docs. health system does not want doctors to take patients away from current practice location nor removal of records from practice.

leaving a hospital practice? plan ahead

http://www.acpinternist.org/archives/2001/01/softlanding.htm

there is an editorial in post-gazette today and it chides both wpagh and upmc for behaviors that are described in the above article. hopefully they will get the message and put the patients first in future transactions.

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