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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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Tenet CEO stepping down next year

Trevor Fetter, CEO and chairman of the one of the nation’s largest hospital chains, Tenet Healthcare, will be leaving those roles by March 15, 2018.

Henry Ford Hospital CEO to retire in 2018

John Popovich, MD, president and CEO of Detroit’s Henry Ford Hospital, has announced he’ll be retiring from the role at the end of the second quarter of 2018.

UnitedHealth CEO Stephen Hemsley stepping down

UnitedHealth Group, the largest health insurer in the U.S., has announced a shuffle in the upper echelons of its leadership with CEO Stephen Hemsley stepping down and President David Wichmann assuming the role next month.

The 25 largest integrated health systems

When ranking integrated health systems by the total number of facilities they own or manage, there’s a new No. 1: St. Louis, Mo.-based Ascension Health.

New Providence St. Joseph CFO on why he left Microsoft to work in healthcare

Venkat Bhamidipati came into his new role as CFO at Renton, Wash.-based Providence St. Joseph Health having no prior experience at a hospital or health system. His background was in technology, having spent 13 years at Microsoft, which he feels will serve him well with “dramatic improvements” that tech can bring to the industry.

CMS CMO Patrick Conway picked to lead Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina

Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina has selected Patrick Conway, MD, MSc, the current chief medical officer at CMS, as its next president and CEO.

Execs confident in population health strategy

More than two-thirds (68 percent) of healthcare executives responding to a Health Catalyst survey said population health management (PHM) is “very important” to their healthcare delivery strategy over the next two years. When it comes to having more patients covered through risk-based PHM contracts, however, organizations want more time.

MGMA 2017 preview: Payment tools, efficiency, MACRA top priorities for practice leaders

Collaboration and discussion appear to be the key selling points of the Medical Group Management Association’s upcoming annual conference, being held October 8-11 in Anaheim, California.

Presbyterian Health Services names new CFO

Roger Larsen has been selected as the new CFO for Albuquerque, New Mexico-based Presbyterian Health Services, ending a five-month search for a replacement for Dale Maxwell, now the system’s president and CEO.

AHA names Atlantic Health’s Gragnolati as chair-elect designate

Brian Gragnolati, president and CEO of Morristown, New Jersey-based Atlantic Health System, has been selected to become chairman of the American Hospital Association’s board of trustees beginning in 2019.