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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.

 

Recent Headlines

Ohio State Wexner CEO resigns after ‘no confidence’ letter from physicians

Sheldon Retchin, MD, has stepped down as CEO of Ohio State Wexner Medical Center after physicians and faculty complained about his management style in letters to university leaders, alleging he disrespected the hospital’s mission and set “unrealistic” goals on clinical and research initiatives. 

Scott Gottlieb confirmed as FDA commissioner

The U.S. Senate confirmed Scott Gottlieb, MD, as the new commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), bringing the former deputy commissioner back to lead the agency. 

ACA, healthcare legislation hot topics at AHA meeting

The 2017 meeting of the American Hospital Association (AHA) led off with an unsurprising topic: the legislation to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA).  

Molina Healthcare fires CEO and CFO, sons of company’s founder

J. Mario Molina, MD, and John Molina have been ousted as CEO and CFO, respectively, of the company started by their father over “disappointing financial performance.”

Geisinger CEO David Feinberg: Healthcare ‘is ripe to be disrupted’

Providers and payors are broadening their definition of care delivery to address issues like housing and nutrition programs, though they may not agree on how well-equipped the healthcare industry is to solve these problems.

Cleveland Clinic CEO Toby Cosgrove stepping down by end of 2017

After 13 years in charge of the Cleveland Clinic, Toby Cosgrove, MD, has announced he’ll be transitioning out of his CEO role by the end of the year.

5 things to know about execs’ pessimistic takes on healthcare under Trump

Healthcare executives and clinical leaders predict “no clear winners, only losers” when asked to assess President Donald Trump’s impact on their industry in a survey conducted by the New England Journal of Medicine

Brigham and Women’s names new chief nursing officer

Eight months after its previous chief nursing officer stepped down, Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston has named a replacement: Madelyn Pearson, MSN, MA, RN, who will take on the titles of CNO and senior vice president of patient care services on June 12.

Hospital execs want better outpatient access, lower costs

What’s most concerning to C-suite level hospital and health system executives has changed over the past year, according to a survey conducted by the Advisory Board Company.

ACHE 2017: The ideal profile for an effective healthcare leader

Healthcare organizations traditionally pick managers and leaders by judging their tenure, experience and technical skill. The message from Healthcare Performance Solutions’ founding partner Tom Olivo: You’re doing it wrong.

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