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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

Humana plans to leave COO role vacant after James Murray retires

Humana executive vice president and COO James Murray will step down from his post on March 31.

Summa Health CEO resigns after physician vote of no confidence

Thomas Malone, MD, president and CEO of Akron, Ohio-based Summa Health, has resigned from his position weeks after 240 Summa physicians called for his departure with a vote of no confidence.

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.

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