UPMC doctors ready to meet ‘pent-up demand’ after inking 10-year contract with Highmark

Natasha Lindstrom | Wednesday, August 28, 2019, Pittsburgh Tribune Review

UPMC facilities are preparing to meet the “pent-up demand” among Highmark-insured patients who now can choose to go to UPMC doctors and hospitals, particularly when it comes to specialty care, UPMC’s chief financial officer said Tuesday.

“We’re seeing (patient) volume increases,” said Robert DeMichiei, CFO of UPMC, a nonprofit health system based in Downtown Pittsburgh’s U.S. Steel Tower that, like its rival Highmark, controls both provider and insurer arms. “We have plans with physicians to accommodate that demand.”

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