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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

 

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Trump keeps Francis Collins as NIH Director

Francis Collins, MD, PhD, will remain director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), making him one of the few appointees of President Barack Obama to stay on in the Trump administration.

UPMC names new CMIO

Robert Bart, MD, has been appointed as new chief medical information officer (CMIO) for the health services division of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC).

Physician ownership of practices falls below 50%

In a study of physician practice arrangements, the American Medical Association found the long-term trends of consolidation and increased physician employment have continued, with the majority of physicians no longer having an ownership stake in their medical practice.

Hospital CEO turnover remains high in 2016

Turnover among hospital CEOs was 18 percent in 2016, the same as in the prior two years, but remains among “the highest rates calculated in the last two decades,” according to the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE).

5 things for-profit hospitals want from ACA repeal-and-replace

The Federation of American Hospitals (FAH) has largely remained silent on ongoing Republican-led efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA), including the recently passed American Health Care Act (AHCA). The group has now weighed in on the legislative battle, offering its “core principles” to Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch, R-Utah.

C-suite expects to reach value-based care tipping point by 2020

Healthcare executives believe the shift to value-based care and risk-sharing models will be transforming the industry within the next few years, according to a survey published by Lazard.

Ohio State Wexner CEO resigns after ‘no confidence’ letter from physicians

Sheldon Retchin, MD, has stepped down as CEO of Ohio State Wexner Medical Center after physicians and faculty complained about his management style in letters to university leaders, alleging he disrespected the hospital’s mission and set “unrealistic” goals on clinical and research initiatives. 

Scott Gottlieb confirmed as FDA commissioner

The U.S. Senate confirmed Scott Gottlieb, MD, as the new commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), bringing the former deputy commissioner back to lead the agency. 

ACA, healthcare legislation hot topics at AHA meeting

The 2017 meeting of the American Hospital Association (AHA) led off with an unsurprising topic: the legislation to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA).  

Molina Healthcare fires CEO and CFO, sons of company’s founder

J. Mario Molina, MD, and John Molina have been ousted as CEO and CFO, respectively, of the company started by their father over “disappointing financial performance.”

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