Pittsburgh unions file antitrust complaint against UPMC
PITTSBURGH — A coalition of labor unions has filed an antitrust complaint against UPMC, asking the U.S. Department of Justice to investigate whether the hospital system has used its “monopsony” power to suppress healthcare workers’ wages in the region, and limit their options to seek employment elsewhere. The complaint filed Thursday by SEIU Healthcare Pennsylvania […]
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'We already knew UPMC was ripping us off,' Lee, D-12th District, said.
Pgh Mayor Gainey submits 26 city properties for tax-exempt status review
City officials said that 10% of the property review was completed so far, with a goal of completing the review by next March.
Study finds community-led prevention approach reduces opioid overdose deaths in Pa. counties
The research conducted by the University of Pittsburgh analyzed data on overdose deaths from 48 Pennsylvania counties from 2016-2019, found that the opioid overdose death rates in counties that implemented a community-led approach with the help of the Pennsylvania Overdose Reduction Technical Assistance Center (ORTAC), which provides support to counties fighting opioid use, was “consistently lower” than in other counties.
UPMC has grown too big; Pa. lawmakers need to support its workers, new report finds
The report cites numerous UPMC employees who told of staffing shortages that affected their jobs and their patients.
Pa. Insurance Dept. hits UPMC with $250K penalty for Affordable Care Act violations
The UPMC review, one of five insurance company reviews conducted by PID, and which covered the time period between Jan. 1, 2015, to March 31, 2016, found that, among other violations, the company denied claims that should have been paid, miscalculated maximum out-of-pocket costs, and issued “unclear communications.”
Advocates, elected officials call on UPMC to raise wages and improve community outreach
'At UPMC, Black workers, particularly Black women workers, are concentrated in the hospital jobs that pay their lowest wages,' one activist said
Allegheny County ran out of pediatric ICU beds and added tents to increase bed capacity
On Sept. 17, UPMC announced the opening of a medical tent for the hospital’s Emergency Department in a tweet that called the number of children coming in as “historic.” Children’s hospital is the only pediatric hospital in the Pittsburgh region.
In historic moment, UPMC delivers first round of COVID-19 vaccines to Pgh’s frontline workers
“This is truly a momentous occasion,” one official said, comparing it to the 1955 deployment of Dr. Jonas Salk's polio vaccine, which he discovered while researching at the University of Pittsburgh.