Paula Lounder

Director, UPMC Corporate Finance, Women’s Health Service Line Finance Lead

Paula has been with UPMC for 20 years in Finance.  The majority of her UPMC career was spent in the Physician Division where her focus was on the accounting of patient receivables in the financial statements, as well as other financial analysis of revenue cycle and business operations.  Paula’s current role is in the Corporate Finance department, focusing on the development of an enterprise-wide financial framework for service line reporting and analytics.  Additionally, Paula is the Finance Lead assigned to the Women’s Health Service Line, which is actively implementing strategies aimed to improve models of care and patient outcomes, enhance patient education and satisfaction, while achieving cost efficiencies.

Speaker Sessions

29 – Integrating Clinical Improvement and Activity-Based Costing Identifies Pathway to Healthier Moms and Babies (clinical, financial)

Nationally, one in ten pregnant women develops gestational diabetes (GDM), increasing the chance of negative outcomes for both mom and baby.  Clinical leaders know early treatment will impact the outcomes, but early identification of these patients poses its own set of challenges.  To address these challenges, The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) uses a service line management approach, coupled with an activity-based costing solution. An advantage of this organizational structure is the ability to easily access integrated clinical and financial information for a specific patient population. Come and learn how an interdisciplinary team, including clinicians and finance, developed an improvement proposal with a return on investment (ROI) projection to gain executive sponsorship and clinician engagement.  Providing clinicians with detailed information about the effectiveness of the interventions resulted in the development of a pathway for clinical screening and interventions to benefit moms and babies.

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