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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.

 

Recent Headlines

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. 

MD Anderson president submits resignation amid budget troubles

Ronald DePinho, MD, president of the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, has announced he’ll be stepping down from the job he’s held since 2011, saying he “could have done a better job administratively, a better job listening, a better job communicating.”

Medicaid CMO, Cleveland Clinic CEO criticize ACA replacement as Republicans push back

As negative reactions from healthcare leaders to the American Health Care Act (AHCA) have continued to come out, one Republican lawmaker supporting the Affordable Care Act (ACA) replacement hit back against what he called the “medical industrial complex.”

HIMSS 2017: Transition to value means informatics belong in C-suite

The evolution of medical informatics and the importance of collecting, understanding and acting upon data means a clinical informatics leader should be a part of any hospital or health system’s C-suite, according to a panel of experts at HIMSS 2017.

HIMSS 2017: Better cybersecurity may require creative messaging

Building a culture committed to protecting data in healthcare organizations requires better communication, understanding what roles different workers play in cybersecurity and, sometimes, some creative competition.

HIMSS 2017: Gender diversity in leadership is both practical, moral

Expanding the leadership pool to include more women isn’t just a moral initiative, according to a panel of health IT executives at HIMSS 2017 in Orlando. It can also be essential for success for any healthcare organization. 

Joint Commission promotes two to executive status

The Joint Commission, a nonprofit organization that accredits and certifies healthcare organizations, has promoted two employees to executive positions that will oversee the business development and marketing divisions.

Former CDC director named president, CEO of Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Richard Besser, MD, the former acting director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), has been selected as the new president and CEO of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF).

Tom Price confirmed as HHS Secretary in early morning vote

After two congressional hearings and with no Democrats supporting his nomination, Tom Price was confirmed as the new HHS Secretary by a party-line vote of 52-47 in the early morning hours on Feb. 10.

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