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The board of regents at the University of Texas (UT) finalized the selection of Peter Pisters, MD, MHCM, as the next president of the MD Anderson Cancer Center, a role which has sat vacant since the departure of Ronald DePinho, MD.

More than half (51 percent) of hospital and health system executives responding to a Kaufman Hall survey said they have either no cost reduction goals or a goal of only a 1 percent to 5 percent reduction in the next five years.

Michael Munger, MD, assumed the role of president of the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) during its 2017 Family Medicine Experience (FMX) in San Antonio, Texas. In his opening speech, he both praised the progress in moving toward value-based care and echoed members’ angst about the increasing administrative burden in their practices.

Judith Ploszek, MBA, has been named the permanent CFO of Tampa General Hospital, a role she’s held on an acting basis since last year.

Mark Schuster, MD, PhD, has been named the founding dean of the Kaiser Permanente School of Medicine, set to open in Pasadena, Calif. in 2019.

 

Recent Headlines

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.

Microsoft exec to become Providence St. Joseph CFO

Renton, Wash.-based Providence St. Joseph Health found its new CFO from the executive ranks at another large Washington company, Microsoft, hiring the tech giant’s managing director for business development and growth strategy, Venkat Bhamidipati.

Georgia's Brenda Fitzgerald named new CDC director

Brenda Fitzgerald, MD, the public health commissioner of Georgia, an obstetrician-gynecologist and a former candidate for Congress, has been named as the next director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

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