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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.

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.

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.

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.

General Electric (GE) CEO and Chairman Jeff Immelt is stepping down after 16 years at the helm of the company. His replacement will be GE Healthcare President and CEO John Flannery, who will take over the CEO role on August 1 and the chairman position at the beginning of 2018.

 

Recent Headlines

ACEP picks new president-elect, board members

Paul Kivela, MD, MBA, of Napa, California, has been selected as the new president-elect of the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) as the group made several leadership changes at its annual meeting in Las Vegas.

Mount Sinai Beth Israel president resigns as new hospital project begins

Amid a $500 million overhaul of Mount Sinai Health System in New York, the president of Beth Israel Hospital, Susan Somerville, has decided to step down.

eQHealth Solutions names new senior medical director

A new medical director has joined eQHealth Solutions, a population health management company that serves government and commercial organizations.

CureVac names Pierre Kemula CFO

Technology company CureVac has appointed Pierre Kemula as new chief financial officer, a position responsible for overseeing the company’s financial and capital market initiatives.

Spectrum Health names new chief medical officer

Grand Rapids, Michigan-based Spectrum Health Hospital Group has named Darryl Elmouchi, MD, MBA, chief medical officer, effective Oct. 10.

Patient ID errors happen—and they can be deadly

To err is human, as they say. But in a hospital setting, an error can turn deadly fast. And they do, according to a report from the Emergency Care Research Institute (ECRI), especially when hospital records confuse two patients for one another.  

 
AAFP names new board of directors

The American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) elected its board of directors for the next year at its annual meeting in Orlando.

Cleveland Clinic submits plan for London location

The Cleveland Clinic is seeking approval to build a new hospital in London, which would be its third international facility and first in Europe.

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation President and CEO stepping down

Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, MD, will be leaving her position as president and CEO of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation after serving since January 2003. 

ACEP president says insurers share blame for rising drug prices

The increasing cost of both brand-name and generic drugs isn’t just the fault of pharmaceutical companies, according to Jay Kaplan, MD, president of the American College of Emergency Physicians.

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