There are several committees led by board members that focus on specific aspects of CUMG business.
Clinical Practice Committee
The Clinical Practice Committee recommends standards of practice for clinical care and addresses clinical practice issues that affect or have an impact on CUMG and the hospital. This committee, led by Dr. Ruth McDonald, acts as advisors to the board on these standards of practice and other clinical practice issues and also acts as a liaison to Seattle Children’s administration and communicates with CUMG membership.
Payor Contracting and Relations Committee
The Payor Contracting and Relations Committee, led by Dr. Craig Jackson, analyzes payor contract performance, approves all CUMG contract rates and evaluates payer relations, including defining payor-related processes and decisions impacting physicians and professional fee reimbursement.
Finance and Audit Committee
The Finance and Audit Committee, led by Dr. Robert Sawin, CUMG president and chair of the board of directors, provides oversight of the financial affairs of CUMG activities, including the practice plan budget, investment activities, external audits and other financial matters that impact the CUMG practice plan.
Physician Education, Billing and Compliance Committee (PEBC)
The Physician Education, Billing and Compliance Committee (PEBC) assures that there is a fully compliant structure of education, billing, coding, documentation and compliance and provides CUMG members the opportunity to bill for the full services they provide. This committee, led by Dr. Jack Salerno, acts as advisors to the board on compliance issues, recommends compliance policies and procedures and coordinates compliance efforts with Seattle Children’s and UWSOM.
CUMG/UWP Joint Retirement and Benefits Committee
The CUMG/UWP Joint Retirement and Benefits Committee, led by Dr. Howard Jeffries, provides oversight of the CUMG and UWP practice plan benefits packages, including evaluating and making recommendations to adopt, terminate or modify retirement and other benefits plans to ensure competitive offerings.