I drove past a UPMC billboard that says text Respect.
After you text Respect, you’ll receive a text from UPMC about their Dignity + Respect Pledge: I will treat everyone with Dignity and Respect. Reply YES + zip to agree. (UPMC’s Dignity + Respect = Inclusion campaign)
If UPMC’s recent “non negotiations” and threats to keep UPMC doctors and hospitals out of Highmark’s network are any indication, the healthcare system isn’t focused on treating the community with respect and inclusion surely isn’t part of their mindset.
Representatives of the system, including CEO Jeffrey Romoff have stated “there will be no contract with Highmark” because the insurer plans on taking over West Penn Allegheny Health System.
UPMC says this means the insurer would also be a provider and thus in direct competition with UPMC.
Again, back to the “Respect” theme: Does UPMC’s board and senior management really think we, the community, as owners of the “non profit” system, wouldn’t realize that UPMC has been both a provider and insurer for more than ten years? Are they so arrogant to believe it was o.k. for UPMC to be both a partner and competitor of Highmark but it’s not o.k. for Highmark to do the same thing?
In negotiations, both parties can claim to be the good guy while also doing some not so good things. The problem here is UPMC continues to be hypocritical with both their ”non negotiation” stance and the insult to injury “Respect” campaign.
I hope UPMC takes their own Dignity + Respect pledge and begins to treat the community with the respect we deserve, which might just equal inclusion…of doctors and hospitals.