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The tenure of Tom Price, MD, as HHS Secretary lasted less than eight months, but healthcare organizations aren’t expecting a major shift from where the agency was headed under his leadership. They also predict filling the Cabinet role may be put off for months thanks to raw feelings on Capitol Hill over the Affordable Care Act (ACA) debate.

Delivering key images, reports and patient data to the point of diagnosis and care is the Holy Grail of radiology and many other specialties today. Having the correct information for the patient at the right time for the radiologist or referring physician starts with having the right viewer.

The Medical Group Management Association (MGMA) has released its 2017 “DataDive Better Performers” report, pointing to areas which can define success for physician practices—which may not also mean limiting spending.

The art of medicine and strong patient-provider relationships have been ignored in favor of the business and science sides of the profession, argues Medical Group Management Association (MGMA) President and CEO Halee Fischer-Wright, MD, MMM, in her new book “Back to Balance.”

The board of directors for the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) has announced it’s launching a nationwide search for its next CEO, which has been filled by an interim leader since July.

 

Recent Headlines

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.

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.

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