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SK&A’s annual report of the largest parent companies of medical groups has Kaiser Permanente remaining on top, beating the second-ranked system by nearly 10,000 unique physicians.

Financial challenges remained the biggest concern for hospital CEOs, according to a survey conducted by the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE). But, in a shift from prior years, personnel shortages were a bigger worry for healthcare leaders than issues of patient safety and quality.

Less than a year after ending his 16-year tenure at the helm of General Electric (GE), Jeff Immelt has been named chairman of Watertown, Massachusetts-based technology company Athenahealth, which cited his experience in expanding GE Healthcare and a “deep understanding of system economics and patient outcomes” after leading such a large payer of health benefits.

Charlotte, North Carolina-based Carolinas HealthCare System is renaming itself Atrium Health, a rebranding the 40-hospital system said reflects it growth from a Charlotte-centric provider to a regional powerhouse.

In 2000, less than 25 percent of U.S. hospitals with more than 50 beds had palliative care teams. By 2015, that number had jumped to 75 percent, which, according to a study published in Health Affairs, can be largely attributed to training and leadership initiatives.


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Nearly 1/2 of hospitals have investor ties to post-acute, hospice sectors

The influx of corporate investment in healthcare organizations over the past decade has resulted in a significant increase in the percentage of acute care hospitals which share common investor ties to the post-acute and hospice sectors, which could negatively impact competition, according to a study published in the September issue of Health Affairs.

Cleveland Clinic names Tomislav Mihaljevic as new CEO

Tomislav Mihaljevic, MD, has been selected to succeed Toby Cosgrove, MD, as the next president and CEO of the Cleveland Clinic beginning on Jan. 1, 2018.


Tenet CEO stepping down next year

Trevor Fetter, CEO and chairman of the one of the nation’s largest hospital chains, Tenet Healthcare, will be leaving those roles by March 15, 2018.

Henry Ford Hospital CEO to retire in 2018

John Popovich, MD, president and CEO of Detroit’s Henry Ford Hospital, has announced he’ll be retiring from the role at the end of the second quarter of 2018.

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.