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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

HCA transferring ownership of Okla. hospitals for $750 million

Hospital Corporation of America (HCA) will be giving up ownership of the Oklahoma University Medical Center (OUMC) and OUMC Edmund to the University Hospitals Authority and Trust (UHAT), with a separate agreement with SSM Healthcare of Oklahoma creating a new nonprofit to manage day-to-day operations as part of a new integrated care network.

AAAASF names new president

The American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities has appointed one of its board members the new leader of the organization.

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.

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