The Detroit Medical Center, a Tenet Healthcare hospital system, and Wayne State University Physician Group (WSUPG), announced on Wednesday they have reached a new five-year agreement designed to enhance access to high-quality care for Detroit-area patients.
Under the agreement, WSUPG physicians will continue to provide patients with clinical care for select adult services and fill select medical leadership roles for DMC. Based in DMC hospitals and affiliated facilities, WSUPG’s more than 300 physicians provide Detroit-area patients with leading clinical care options for adult patients across a wide range of specialty areas.
The agreement includes numerous provisions and structural elements to strengthen care for patients in the community and provide benefits to each organization, including:
— The collaboration is structured around a new operating model, including performance-based metrics designed to achieve the best outcomes for patients and enhanced access to care for the community. The metrics encompass a range of key care and quality indicators such as patient readmission rates, patient satisfaction ratings, and safety.
— The agreement is significantly longer than two previous agreements, each two years or less, giving each organization more stability to make longer-term planning decisions related to care investments, recruiting, and staff development, and strategy.
— The agreement provides more opportunities for WSUPG physicians to further develop their practices and benefit from increased levels of DMC investment support.
A Joint Operating Committee, representing leaders from each organization, will provide joint oversight and decision-making on clinical program strategies, including plans for service lines, staffing needs, and ambulatory services, as well as capital investments.
The governance structure is designed to ensure collaborative planning and operations that will increase access to high quality, high-value, and operationally efficient care for patients in Detroit.
“This agreement is yet another example of how DMC is ensuring it will remain a leading care provider for Detroit and a world-class academic medical center,” says d Dr. Tony Tedeschi, CEO of the DMC. “The new agreement with WSUPG solidifies DMC’s family of physicians, joining outstanding doctors in the DMC Medical Group as well as community physicians who provide care at DMC.
“The announcement also shows what’s possible when two organizations work together for a common good: stronger care for the community. I want to thank the leadership and negotiating teams from WSUPG for their spirit of collaboration and innovation in achieving this agreement.”
A 13-member negotiating team that included seven physicians representing DMC, WSUPG, and Wayne State University School of Medicine (WSUSOM) achieved the agreement.
“We are pleased about this clinical agreement between WSUPG and DMC,” says Dr. Charles J. Shanley, president and CEO of WSUPG. “This will strengthen our ability to provide access to highly specialized care and further our mission to support the health care needs of the community.”
Today’s announcement follows the agreement in principle reached by DMC and WSUPG on Aug. 26, when the parties committed to finalizing the deal by late September.
DMC is a leader in providing health care research, diagnosis, and treatment in cardiology, trauma, orthopedics, rehabilitation, and emergency medicine. DMC’s eight hospitals treated over 1.2 million patients last year, with more than 1,700 physicians and 11,000 colleagues providing care for the Detroit community.
The Detroit Medical Center operates eight hospitals and institutes, including Children’s Hospital of Michigan, Detroit Receiving Hospital, Harper University Hospital, Huron Valley- Sinai Hospital, Hutzel Women’s Hospital, Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan, Sinai-Grace Hospital, and DMC Heart Hospital.
The Wayne State University Physician Group (WSUPG), with more than 300 physicians, serves as the largest clinical service group affiliated with Wayne State University School of Medicine (WSUSOM).