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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.


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BioLineRx names new CEO, CFO

Biopharmaceutical company BioLineRx, has named a new CEO and CFO as the company prepares to shake up its leadership.

DeSalvo resigns as ONC head, stays with HHS

Karen DeSalvo, MD, has announced her resignation as the head of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC). She will be replaced by her principal deputy director, Vindell Washington, as national coordinator.

Former Birmingham CFO faces 17 years for $11 million fraud

Terri McGuire Mollica, the former CFO of Birmingham Health Care, has been sentenced to 17 years after pleading guilty to stealing $1.7 million from a center that catered to the homeless, reports

Analytics firm Spreemo names two new executives to its team

Spreemo, a New York-based healthcare analytics company, is building up its leadership team, hiring two new executives.

Intralign Health names long-time healthcare businessman new CEO

Intralign Health, an operating room optimization solutions provider, has named a new CEO as it aims to improve its company’s profitability.

Parexel creates committee to boost business in biopharmaceuticals

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Reliq, formerly Moseda, appoints new member to board

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New director named for National Institute of Mental Health

Joshua A. Gordon, MD, PhD, has been selected as the new director of the National Institute of Mental Health.

Joshua A. Gordon, MD, PhD, has been selected as the new director of the National Institute of Mental Health.

Kaiser Family Foundation appoints New York Times journalist as editor-and-chief

The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation has announced renowned New York Times health journalist Elisabeth Rosenthal, MD, as the new editor-in-chief of Kaiser Health News.