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As part of an overhaul of its organizational structure, St. Louis-based health insurer Centene has named Cynthia Brinkley its new president and chief operating officer and filled several leadership roles below chairman and CEO Michael Neidorff.

On Monday morning, President Donald Trump announced the nomination of Alex Azar to lead HHS. A former executive for pharmaceutical giant Eli Lilly, he has long been a frontrunner to replace Tom Price, who stepped down in September after criticism for using expensive chartered flights.

After four years at the helm of health insurance giant Anthem, CEO and president Joseph Swedish will hand over the reins to Gail Boudreaux, the former CEO of UnitedHealthcare, on Nov. 20.

A new chair and three new members have been named to the board of the Medical Group Management Association (MGMA).

Former Banner Health CFO Dennis Dahlen has been named as the new financial chief for the Mayo Clinic, replacing the retiring Kedrick Adkins Jr.

 

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Employers favor keeping subsidies to help pay for health insurance

Few employers are in favor of eliminating federal government subsidies to help people afford coverage through the health insurance exchanges, according to a survey from Mercer.

Hospital and health system executives consider physician engagement as their top priority

Nearly 90 percent of hospital and health system executives are interested in working with physicians to improve quality of care and lower costs, according to a new poll.

Medical Group Management Association announces new CEO

Halee S. Fischer-Wright, MD, has been hired as the chief executive officer and president of the Medical Group Management Association.

10 health CXO hiring trends

Despite the recent high-profile placement of former Procter & Gamble CEO Robert McDonald, 61, as the new Department of Veterans Affairs secretary, hiring of healthcare industry outsiders for hospital leadership positions remains the exception rather than the norm in the insular healthcare industry reveals a new survey of hospital c-suite executive hiring practices.

Senate confirms McDonald as VA secretary

The U.S. Senate voted 97 to 0 Tuesday to confirm the appointment of former Procter & Gamble CEO Robert McDonald, 61, as the new Department of Veterans Affairs secretary, a move that will bring a much needed branding expert into the VA noted David A. Shore, Ph.D., a former associate dean of the Harvard School of Public Health and an expert in leading change initiatives in healthcare organizations.

Bobby Grajewski: Healthcare leaders, help your people become innovators

Breakthrough ideas exist in the minds of the people working in the trenches of healthcare every day, and healthcare system leaders need to foster an environment conducive to enabling these individuals to recognize and capture these innovations, notes Bobby Grajewski, president of Edison Nation Medical in an exclusive interview with HealthCXO.

Dick Taylor, M.D.: ICD-10 will not do what you think it will

Dick Taylor, M.D., is a software engineer, pediatrician and chief medical officer for the Frisco, Texas, healthcare information technology consulting firm MedSys Group. He is also an outspoken critic of ICD-10. Dr. Taylor shared his perspective on why ICD-10 implementation will likely not improve healthcare data as hoped and why the one-year implementation delay is good news.

Chris Crawford: Why ISO offers a better approach to quality management for Lee Memorial Health System

U.S. hospitals adopting the ISO: 9001-2008 quality management system as a component in overall care improvement is a growing trend. Chris Crawford, vice president of Quality for Lee Memorial Health System in Fort Myers, Florida, answered our questions about why her hospital recently stopped seeking Joint Commission accreditation and instead became the first hospital in Southwest Florida and one of only 60 hospitals nationwide to achieve ISO: 9001-2008 certification through DNV GL.

Dr. Morris-Singer: Addressing the primary-care shortage through grassroots advocacy

Solving the primary care physician shortage will require more than simply payment changes and increased funding for physician education. Andrew Morris-Singer, M.D., president and founder of Primary Care Progress is an Intermal Medicine physician who is turning his 15 years of grassroots advocacy experience into a movement to help improve primary care access in the United States.

Solo practitioner wins CDC’s hypertension control prize

Jen Brull, M.D., a Family Medicine physician in Plainville, Kan., was the only solo practitioner named a Hypertension Control Challenge Champion by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Million Hearts initiative.

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