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The board of regents at the University of Texas (UT) finalized the selection of Peter Pisters, MD, MHCM, as the next president of the MD Anderson Cancer Center, a role which has sat vacant since the departure of Ronald DePinho, MD.

More than half (51 percent) of hospital and health system executives responding to a Kaufman Hall survey said they have either no cost reduction goals or a goal of only a 1 percent to 5 percent reduction in the next five years.

Michael Munger, MD, assumed the role of president of the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) during its 2017 Family Medicine Experience (FMX) in San Antonio, Texas. In his opening speech, he both praised the progress in moving toward value-based care and echoed members’ angst about the increasing administrative burden in their practices.

Judith Ploszek, MBA, has been named the permanent CFO of Tampa General Hospital, a role she’s held on an acting basis since last year.

Mark Schuster, MD, PhD, has been named the founding dean of the Kaiser Permanente School of Medicine, set to open in Pasadena, Calif. in 2019.

 

Recent Headlines

Aetna announces departure from health insurance trade group AHIP

Aetna has announced that it is ending its membership in America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP) this year. AHIP is the health insurance industry’s largest trade group, made up of over 1,200 different companies. 

Resident, fellow enrollment increases 14% in a decade

Enrollment in resident and fellow programs increased by 14 percent between 2004 and 2014, according to the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), which released a report of biennial data on the physician workforce from the Association of American Medical Colleges.

Take these steps in 2016 to attain leadership greatness for a lifetime

If you want to lead people, make sure you’re thinking big on their behalf—and taking them toward an objective that’s both reachable and worth their while.

Harvard researchers identify 5 ways hospital execs can measure outcomes

Through their research and work with healthcare executives, three members of Harvard University’s International Consortium for Health Outcomes Measurement (ICHOM) have identified five ways hospital leaders can track their performance and measure outcomes.

Intermountain CEO Sorenson announces retirement, future plans

Charles Sorenson, MD, the urologic cancer surgeon who has been an executive at Intermountain Healthcare for 18 years and the institution’s CEO since early 2009, will retire the helm in Salt Lake City next October.

Kaiser Permanente to acquire Group Health Cooperative

Healthcare provider Kaiser Permanente has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Seattle-based Group Health Cooperative, the companies announced today. Once the deal is final, Kaiser Permanente will gain approximately 590,000 new members.

Pfizer announces historic plan to purchase Allergan

Pharmaceutical company Pfizer announced Monday it is buying Ireland-based Allergan for approximately $160 billion in what would be the largest deal in the history of the healthcare sector. 

Officer manager sentenced for taking part in $50 million fraud scheme

The office manager of Memorial Home Health in New Orleans has been sentenced this week for taking part in the company’s $50 million fraud scheme. 

Ingalls Health System to join University of Chicago Medicine health system

The University of Chicago Medicine and Ingalls Health System agreed to pursue a combined integrated health delivery system. Once the deal is final, Ingalls Health System will join the University of Chicago Medicine health network. 

Townsend elected ACS President-Elect

Courtney M. Townsend, Jr., MD, FACS, the Robertson-Poth Distinguished Chair in General Surgery, department of surgery, University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB), Galveston, was elected President-Elect of the American College of Surgeons (ACS).

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