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SK&A’s annual report of the largest parent companies of medical groups has Kaiser Permanente remaining on top, beating the second-ranked system by nearly 10,000 unique physicians.

Financial challenges remained the biggest concern for hospital CEOs, according to a survey conducted by the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE). But, in a shift from prior years, personnel shortages were a bigger worry for healthcare leaders than issues of patient safety and quality.

Less than a year after ending his 16-year tenure at the helm of General Electric (GE), Jeff Immelt has been named chairman of Watertown, Massachusetts-based technology company Athenahealth, which cited his experience in expanding GE Healthcare and a “deep understanding of system economics and patient outcomes” after leading such a large payer of health benefits.

Charlotte, North Carolina-based Carolinas HealthCare System is renaming itself Atrium Health, a rebranding the 40-hospital system said reflects it growth from a Charlotte-centric provider to a regional powerhouse.

In 2000, less than 25 percent of U.S. hospitals with more than 50 beds had palliative care teams. By 2015, that number had jumped to 75 percent, which, according to a study published in Health Affairs, can be largely attributed to training and leadership initiatives.

 

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Kaiser’s Permanente tops list of 10 largest medical group owners

SK&A’s annual report of the largest parent companies of medical groups has Kaiser Permanente remaining on top, beating the second-ranked system by nearly 10,000 unique physicians.

Personnel shortages a growing concern for hospital CEOs

Financial challenges remained the biggest concern for hospital CEOs, according to a survey conducted by the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE). But, in a shift from prior years, personnel shortages were a bigger worry for healthcare leaders than issues of patient safety and quality.

Former GE CEO Immelt named chair of Athenahealth

Less than a year after ending his 16-year tenure at the helm of General Electric (GE), Jeff Immelt has been named chairman of Watertown, Massachusetts-based technology company Athenahealth, which cited his experience in expanding GE Healthcare and a “deep understanding of system economics and patient outcomes” after leading such a large payer of health benefits.

Carolinas HealthCare System rebrands as it pursues merger with UNC Health Care

Charlotte, North Carolina-based Carolinas HealthCare System is renaming itself Atrium Health, a rebranding the 40-hospital system said reflects it growth from a Charlotte-centric provider to a regional powerhouse.

What drove hospitals’ rapid expansion of palliative care

In 2000, less than 25 percent of U.S. hospitals with more than 50 beds had palliative care teams. By 2015, that number had jumped to 75 percent, which, according to a study published in Health Affairs, can be largely attributed to training and leadership initiatives.

Former CMS chief launches advocacy group

Andy Slavitt, the last administrator of CMS under President Barack Obama, has announced the launch of a new group bringing together former politicians, healthcare executives and regulators to advocate for bipartisan changes in health policy.

Management partners may be a major driver of ACO activity

Thirty-seven percent of accountable care organizations (ACOs) had a management organization as a partner between 2013 and 2015. While the arrangement didn’t appear to improve an ACO’s ability to meet performance targets, their services and start-up funding may have enabled more practices to participate in accountable care.

Quorum Health CFO resigning

Michael Culotta, chief financial officer of the 31-hospital Quorum Health, has announced he’ll be leaving the post effective March 31.

CDC director resigns after reports of buying tobacco stock

Brenda Fitzgerald, MD, has resigned as director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) after it was reported she bought shares in a tobacco company after taking over the top job at the agency that leads federal smoking prevention efforts.

Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway, JPMorgan partner to address healthcare of 1.1M employees

Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway and JPMorgan Chase announced Tuesday morning an initiative aimed at improving healthcare for their combined 1.1 million U.S.-based employees. The three corporate giants want to improve employee satisfaction while reducing costs.

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