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Children’s University Medical Group (CUMG)

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CUMG Mission

Children’s University Medical Group (CUMG) is the non-profit pediatric group practice established to support the academic, research and clinical missions of its corporate members, University of Washington School of Medicine (UWSOM) and Seattle Children’s Hospital (Children’s). CUMG physicians are committed to preventing, treating and eliminating pediatric disease while training the next generation of pediatric physicians.

  • CUMG employs the physician members who are appointed UWSOM pediatric faculty physicians, and provide services across the WWAMI (Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana and Idaho) region, as well as other approved clinical sites of practice.

  • CUMG physicians have the opportunity to provide care at sites of practice approved by the CEO of Seattle Children’s and the CEO of UW Medicine, who is also the executive vice president for medical affairs and dean of the University of Washington School of Medicine.

    General sites of practice

    All CUMG physicians are able to provide care at the following general sites of practice:

    • Seattle Children’s Hospital
    • Harborview Medical Center
    • University of Washington Medical Center

    Other sites of practice

    Physicians interested in providing care outside of the major institutions listed above may request permission through a site of practice request. Types of sites may include:

    • Summer camps
    • School athletic events
    • International medical center locations
    • Telepsychiatry
  • The CUMG president, Dr. Jack Salerno, chairs the board of directors, whose role is to manage the affairs of CUMG, subject to the approval of the corporate members. The board is comprised of 12 voting CUMG physician members and advised by the non-physician representatives from Seattle Children's, UWSOM and CUMG administration. Christine Kessler, CUMG executive director, leads the business operations. 

  • The CUMG board of directors is comprised of 12 voting CUMG physician members. Ten are appointed due to their leadership roles within Seattle Children’s and UWSOM, and two are at-large members elected by CUMG faculty members. There are also three non-voting ex-officio physician members appointed to the board by the corporate members because of their particular expertise. The board is advised by non-physician representatives from Seattle Children’s, UWSOM and CUMG administration. The role of the board is to manage the affairs of CUMG subject to the approval of the corporate members.


    Provider members

    Ex-officio members

    Administrative member representatives

    • Cathy Boelke, senior director, Finance, Provider Practice Services
    • Corey Derr, director, Provider Practice Services
    • Sheryl Forrester, CUMG compliance officer
    • Mary Fran Joseph, UWSOM associate dean for administration and finance 
    • Christine Kessler, CUMG executive director/Seattle Children's vice president, Systems Access and Practice Management
    • Ruth McDonald, MD, Seattle Children's vice president – associate chief medical officer
    • Mike Tribble, CUMG legal counsel
    • Russ Williams, Seattle Children's senior vice president, chief operating officer
  • 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 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.

    Physician Education, Billing and Compliance Committee

    The Physician Education, Billing and Compliance Committee 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. Joseph Flynn, 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.

  • The CUMG administrative office provides group practice operations services in support of the CUMG faculty members, Seattle Children’s and UWSOM, including:

    • Payroll and benefits for faculty that receive pay through CUMG
    • Coding and charge capture for professional fees
    • Clinical practice compliance training and audits
    • Oversight of payor contracting and enrollment through Seattle Children’s
    • Financial reporting and budgeting, collaborating with Seattle Children’s and UWSOM

    Payor contracting and professional fee billing are provided through Seattle Children's and UW Physicians (UWP).

    Contact CUMG membership services.