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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

Research finds significant overlap between company boards and academia

Almost 10 percent of healthcare company board positions are held by top academics from many of the top-ranked U.S. medical and research institutions, revealing the potential for significant conflicts of interests. 

Poll: Nearly half of organizations have physician leadership development training programs

Nearly half of respondents to a recent survey said their organizations had a physician leadership development training program, while 95 percent said leadership competencies were important in the medical profession.

AHA warns of scam

The American Heart Association (AHA) warned of a scam in which people are identifying themselves as AHA CEO Nancy Brown and/or AHA chief mission officer Meighan Girgus and contacting individuals for job interviews.

Atlanta-area hospitals discussing possible merger

Northside Hospital and Gwinnett Medical Center, two large hospitals serving metro Atlanta, Ga., are discussing the possibility of combining their operations. 

Confirmation battle looms as Obama taps Slavitt for CMS post

President Obama has nominated Andrew M. Slavitt to helm the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, setting the stage for heated grilling by Republican legislators at confirmation hearings.

Eight characteristics of effective CEOs

CHICAGO--A Penn State University professor and veteran healthcare leader has identified eight characteristics in chief executive officers who succeeded in crisis situations.

Changing hearts and minds in the C-suite: Imaging as value-generator, not cost center

Some reputations are hard to shake. Medical imaging has for years been thought of as one of the biggest cost centers in the healthcare system, and it’s a perception that affects how radiology services are regulated.

Hospital CEO turnover remains high

A report from the American College of Healthcare Executives found 18 percent of U.S. hospitals had new chief executive officers in 2014, lower than the record 20 percent turnover rate from the previous year.

Employers favor keeping subsidies to help pay for health insurance

Few employers are in favor of eliminating federal government subsidies to help people afford coverage through the health insurance exchanges, according to a survey from Mercer.

Hospital and health system executives consider physician engagement as their top priority

Nearly 90 percent of hospital and health system executives are interested in working with physicians to improve quality of care and lower costs, according to a new poll.

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