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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.

 

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Johns Hopkins President Ronald Peterson to retire at end of 2017

Ronald Peterson, president of Johns Hopkins Health System and executive vice president of Johns Hopkins Medicine, has announced he’ll retire at the end of 2017.

AMGA names Ryan O’Connor as interim president, CEO

The American Medical Group Association (AMGA) has appointed Ryan O’Connor, MBA, as its interim president and CEO.

GE Healthcare's John Flannery taking over as CEO of General Electric

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.

Former CMS data chief to lead Health Care Cost Institute

Niall Brennan, the former chief data officer at CMS under President Barack Obama, has been named the new president and executive director at the Health Care Cost Institute (HCCI).

Trump keeps Francis Collins as NIH Director

Francis Collins, MD, PhD, will remain director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), making him one of the few appointees of President Barack Obama to stay on in the Trump administration.

UPMC names new CMIO

Robert Bart, MD, has been appointed as new chief medical information officer (CMIO) for the health services division of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC).

Physician ownership of practices falls below 50%

In a study of physician practice arrangements, the American Medical Association found the long-term trends of consolidation and increased physician employment have continued, with the majority of physicians no longer having an ownership stake in their medical practice.

Hospital CEO turnover remains high in 2016

Turnover among hospital CEOs was 18 percent in 2016, the same as in the prior two years, but remains among “the highest rates calculated in the last two decades,” according to the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE).

5 things for-profit hospitals want from ACA repeal-and-replace

The Federation of American Hospitals (FAH) has largely remained silent on ongoing Republican-led efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA), including the recently passed American Health Care Act (AHCA). The group has now weighed in on the legislative battle, offering its “core principles” to Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch, R-Utah.

C-suite expects to reach value-based care tipping point by 2020

Healthcare executives believe the shift to value-based care and risk-sharing models will be transforming the industry within the next few years, according to a survey published by Lazard.

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