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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.

 

Recent Headlines

Presbyterian Health Services names new CFO

Roger Larsen has been selected as the new CFO for Albuquerque, New Mexico-based Presbyterian Health Services, ending a five-month search for a replacement for Dale Maxwell, now the system’s president and CEO.

AHA names Atlantic Health’s Gragnolati as chair-elect designate

Brian Gragnolati, president and CEO of Morristown, New Jersey-based Atlantic Health System, has been selected to become chairman of the American Hospital Association’s board of trustees beginning in 2019.

Microsoft exec to become Providence St. Joseph CFO

Renton, Wash.-based Providence St. Joseph Health found its new CFO from the executive ranks at another large Washington company, Microsoft, hiring the tech giant’s managing director for business development and growth strategy, Venkat Bhamidipati.

Georgia's Brenda Fitzgerald named new CDC director

Brenda Fitzgerald, MD, the public health commissioner of Georgia, an obstetrician-gynecologist and a former candidate for Congress, has been named as the next director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Charles Stokes promoted to president, CEO of Memorial Hermann

Two weeks after being named interim president and CEO of Houston’s Memorial Hermann Health System, Charles Stokes, MHA, has been appointed to the role on a permanent basis by the hospital’s board.

HFMA 2017: RCM upgrades, patient engagement top priorities for CFOs

Healthcare finance leaders are most focused on technological improvements in revenue cycle management (RCM) over the next year, while almost all are concerned about how the increasing number of self-paying patients will affect their organizations.

HFMA 2017: Q&A with AccessOne CEO Mark Spinner on RCM, patient satisfaction

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.

HFMA 2017: Bryan Health’s Carol Friesen takes over as HFMA chair

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.

AMA 2017: New president urges physicians to rise above ‘hyper-partisan political climate’

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.

AMA 2017: Barbara McAneny wins AMA presidential election

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.

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