UPMC currently faces challenges from Highmark, the City of Pittsburgh, and labor organizers. The following outline is an introduction to what are complex and intertwined legal, political, and economic issues.
UPMC versus Highmark
UPMC and Highmark are engaged in a multifaceted struggle over the health care market in southwestern Pennsylvania. The most contentious issue: will Highmark plan members continue to have access to UPMC services after the current contract ends on December 31, 2014?
City of Pittsburgh versus UPMC
During the Ravenstahl administration, the City of Pittsburgh sued UPMC to have its nonprofit status revoked. The city argues that UPMC is not acting as a charity. The closure of UPMC Braddock Hospital, investment in international services, and executives’ salaries are among the justifications of the allegations.
UPMC labor debates
SEIU has been attempting to organize workers at various UPMC sites. Make It Our UPMC is the coordinating body for this activity, which is not entirely separate from the city’s lawsuit.
Politicians Involved with Make It Our UPMC
UPMC Fair Hiring
Compiled and written by Collin Schenk (MS1 at UPSOM).
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