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As part of an overhaul of its organizational structure, St. Louis-based health insurer Centene has named Cynthia Brinkley its new president and chief operating officer and filled several leadership roles below chairman and CEO Michael Neidorff.

On Monday morning, President Donald Trump announced the nomination of Alex Azar to lead HHS. A former executive for pharmaceutical giant Eli Lilly, he has long been a frontrunner to replace Tom Price, who stepped down in September after criticism for using expensive chartered flights.

After four years at the helm of health insurance giant Anthem, CEO and president Joseph Swedish will hand over the reins to Gail Boudreaux, the former CEO of UnitedHealthcare, on Nov. 20.

A new chair and three new members have been named to the board of the Medical Group Management Association (MGMA).

Former Banner Health CFO Dennis Dahlen has been named as the new financial chief for the Mayo Clinic, replacing the retiring Kedrick Adkins Jr.

 

Recent Headlines

Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield and Aurora Healthcare partnering to form Well Priority

Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield and Aurora Healthcare will be partnering to form a new health insurance company, Wisconsin Collaborative Insurance Company.

EmblemHealth announces layoffs, plans to outsource IT operations

On April 20, EmblemHealth handed out termination notices to 250 employees as the New York-based health insurer attempts to improve its financial standing. The layoffs are primarily in IT and operations departments, with those roles to be outsourced.

U.S. healthcare employment grows an extraordinary 20 percent while other sectors fall short

In a report by the University at Albany's Center for Health Workforce Studies (CHWS) healthcare jobs grew 20 percent between 2004 and 2014, and the trend is expected to continue has the healthcare industry is projected to grow faster than other industries over the next decade.

Utah hospital breaks ground on three-year expansion project

Alta View Hospital in Sandy, Utah, broke ground April 13 on what will be the largest investment project in the operation’s history, with major clinical improvements schedule for the next three years.

Via Christi to conduct search for CEO, president after Korsmo steps down

Jeff Korsmo, president and CEO of Via Christi Health, has announced he has accepted a position with Essentia Health in Duluth, Minn.

FTC spars with NorthShore, Advocate in preliminary injunction for merger

The preliminary injunction hearing for a merger between NorthShore University HealthSystem and Advocate Health Care, two major hospital systems in the Chicago area, began last week with objections from U.S. Federal Trade Commission.

Drug manufacturer ordered to pay $125 million for fraud

A federal judge in Boston ordered Warner Chilcott to pay $125 million to resolve criminal and civil claims related to healthcare fraud.

Alignment Healthcare names tech expert as new COO

Technology expert Jennifer “Jenna” Geiger has been hired as Alignment Healthcare’s first chief operating officer (COO), according to a release from the population health management company.

Western State Hospital names new CEO to face security, regulation worries

Western State Hospital has hired Cheryl Strange as its new CEO in the wake of a tumultuous stretch involving patient escapes and violation notices from federal regulators of the state-run psychiatric facility.

Valeant CEO agrees to be deposed in Senate drug price probe

The chief executive of Valeant Pharmaceuticals, J. Michael Pearson, has agreed to be deposed by a Senate committee investigating the causes of soaring prescription medicine prices, according to an Associated Press report.

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