The Detroit Medical Center and the Wayne State University Physician Group have signed a six-month extension contract to keep clinical and administrative services going.
The two sides announced last week that they were cutting ties effective May 15 and not renewing their contract after at least a hundred years.
They’ve been at odds in recent years over financial terms and other issues, including Wayne State’s ability to seek outside partnerships with other medical systems.
During the extension, a joint advisory committee will work on developing a new model for physicians to deliver clinical and administrative services to the DMC. They’ll also collaborate on the strategic development of hospital and clinical services.
In a statement, the two sides say the extension will allow time for an orderly transition to a new clinical partner for DMC with no disruption in patient care if they can’t come to agreement on a new model.
The contract covers about 300 doctors who work at the DMC’s facilities and are affiliated with Wayne State’s School of Medicine, where many of them teach.
A version of this story originally appeared in the Daily Detroit News Byte podcast.