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The annual Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA) conference includes the induction of the organization’s new board chair, its chief elected officer. For 2017-18, the position belongs to Carol Friesen, MPH, vice president of health system services at Bryan Health in Lincoln, Nebraska.

Patients are increasingly basing decisions about their care on concerns about high deductibles and rising out of pocket costs. This in turn affects how satisfied they are with their care, which means revenue cycle management (RCM) shouldn’t ignore a patient’s difficulties in paying their bills.

In his first address as president of the American Medical Association, David Barbe, MD, MHA, encouraged physicians at the AMA’s annual meeting in Chicago to “put their expertise to work” in the debate over healthcare legislation and not be “corrupted or co-opted” by partisanship.

Barbara McAneny, MD, is the new president-elect of the American Medical Association, winning the vote at the AMA’s annual meeting for a one-year term beginning in June 2018.

General Electric (GE) CEO and Chairman Jeff Immelt is stepping down after 16 years at the helm of the company. His replacement will be GE Healthcare President and CEO John Flannery, who will take over the CEO role on August 1 and the chairman position at the beginning of 2018.

 

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Eight months after its previous chief nursing officer stepped down, Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston has named a replacement: Madelyn Pearson, MSN, MA, RN, who will take on the titles of CNO and senior vice president of patient care services on June 12.

Hospital execs want better outpatient access, lower costs

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ACHE 2017: The ideal profile for an effective healthcare leader

Healthcare organizations traditionally pick managers and leaders by judging their tenure, experience and technical skill. The message from Healthcare Performance Solutions’ founding partner Tom Olivo: You’re doing it wrong.

ACHE 2017: Organizational culture matters for reducing nurse turnover

If you're a healthcare leader looking for ways to keep experienced nurses from leaving your organization, you should examine your company's culture, according to a presentation at the American College of Healthcare Executives Congress in Chicago. Your own personality, however, won’t make much of a difference in retaining nurses.

ACHE 2017: Making a ‘game plan’ for MIPS, MACRA

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AMGA President, CEO Donald Fisher dies of cancer

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ACHE 2017: Inclusive culture in healthcare is more than 'checking boxes' on diversity

Most healthcare conferences these days seem to include sessions on promoting diversity in organizations and among leadership. Two Monday sessions at the American College of Healthcare Executives’ (ACHE) 2017 Congress in Chicago are taking a different aim to change how leaders think about diversity and focus on creating a “culture of inclusion.”

Q&A: Former St. Joseph Health CIO says don’t split your CIO’s duties

The role of a chief information officer (CIO) has evolved well beyond handling billing and communications for a health system or the more recent role of getting an electronic health record (EHR) up and running. What CIOs now struggle with is convincing other members of the C-suite that hospitals have to keep updating and investing in technology.

Seema Verma confirmed as CMS administrator

The U.S. Senate has confirmed President Donald Trump’s selection for CMS administrator, Seema Verma, MPH, by a 55-43 vote, with Democrats largely opposing her nomination while the healthcare industry pledged to work with her. 

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