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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.

 

Recent Headlines

Ex-HHS Secretary Burwell to become president of American University

Less than a week after leaving her old post as HHS Secretary, Sylvia Burwell has found a new job: president of American University.

NIH Director staying put for now

Francis Collins, MD, PhD, director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), will be staying on in the administration of President Donald Trump, at least temporarily.

CMS administrator’s farewell: 'You are well positioned for whatever comes next'

At his last all-staff meeting at CMS, the agency’s acting administrator, Andy Slavitt, recounted the successes and challenges of his tenure while encouraging employees to welcome his replacement from the incoming Trump administration.

University of Chicago picks director for new trauma center

Selwyn Rogers Jr., MD, MPH, has been selected to lead the development of University of Chicago Medicine’s new adult trauma center, set to open in 2018.

Physician tapped by Trump to be next VA Secretary

President-elect Donald Trump’s choice to run the Veterans Affairs Department—and the largest integrated healthcare system in the U.S.—is the department’s current top health official, David Shulkin, MD.

New Jersey’s Virtua looking for new CEO

Richard Miller, president and CEO of Marlton, New Jersey-based nonprofit Virtua, will be retiring at the end of 2017 after 21 years running the four-hospital system. 

Training physicians to lead hospitals can improve quality

Physicians may make better hospital leaders than managers, according to researchers writing in the Harvard Business Review, and more training programs could create more physicians capable of leading health systems.

HIMSS CEO, president to retire at end of 2017

Stephen Lieber, longtime CEO and president of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS), has announced he’ll be retiring at the end of 2017. The search for his replacement has already begun.

First CEO selected for NIH Clinical Center

Major General James K. Gilman, MD, U.S. Army (retired), has been named as the first CEO of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Clinical Center, the largest clinical research hospital in the country.

Adventist promotes CFO/COO Terry Shaw to president/CEO

Terry Shaw will be Adventist Health System’s president and CEO effective immediately, the company announced Dec. 8.

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