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The tenure of Tom Price, MD, as HHS Secretary lasted less than eight months, but healthcare organizations aren’t expecting a major shift from where the agency was headed under his leadership. They also predict filling the Cabinet role may be put off for months thanks to raw feelings on Capitol Hill over the Affordable Care Act (ACA) debate.

Delivering key images, reports and patient data to the point of diagnosis and care is the Holy Grail of radiology and many other specialties today. Having the correct information for the patient at the right time for the radiologist or referring physician starts with having the right viewer.

The Medical Group Management Association (MGMA) has released its 2017 “DataDive Better Performers” report, pointing to areas which can define success for physician practices—which may not also mean limiting spending.

The art of medicine and strong patient-provider relationships have been ignored in favor of the business and science sides of the profession, argues Medical Group Management Association (MGMA) President and CEO Halee Fischer-Wright, MD, MMM, in her new book “Back to Balance.”

The board of directors for the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) has announced it’s launching a nationwide search for its next CEO, which has been filled by an interim leader since July.

 

Recent Headlines

New Providence St. Joseph CFO on why he left Microsoft to work in healthcare

Venkat Bhamidipati came into his new role as CFO at Renton, Wash.-based Providence St. Joseph Health having no prior experience at a hospital or health system. His background was in technology, having spent 13 years at Microsoft, which he feels will serve him well with “dramatic improvements” that tech can bring to the industry.

CMS CMO Patrick Conway picked to lead Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina

Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina has selected Patrick Conway, MD, MSc, the current chief medical officer at CMS, as its next president and CEO.

Execs confident in population health strategy

More than two-thirds (68 percent) of healthcare executives responding to a Health Catalyst survey said population health management (PHM) is “very important” to their healthcare delivery strategy over the next two years. When it comes to having more patients covered through risk-based PHM contracts, however, organizations want more time.

MGMA 2017 preview: Payment tools, efficiency, MACRA top priorities for practice leaders

Collaboration and discussion appear to be the key selling points of the Medical Group Management Association’s upcoming annual conference, being held October 8-11 in Anaheim, California.

Presbyterian Health Services names new CFO

Roger Larsen has been selected as the new CFO for Albuquerque, New Mexico-based Presbyterian Health Services, ending a five-month search for a replacement for Dale Maxwell, now the system’s president and CEO.

AHA names Atlantic Health’s Gragnolati as chair-elect designate

Brian Gragnolati, president and CEO of Morristown, New Jersey-based Atlantic Health System, has been selected to become chairman of the American Hospital Association’s board of trustees beginning in 2019.

Microsoft exec to become Providence St. Joseph CFO

Renton, Wash.-based Providence St. Joseph Health found its new CFO from the executive ranks at another large Washington company, Microsoft, hiring the tech giant’s managing director for business development and growth strategy, Venkat Bhamidipati.

Georgia's Brenda Fitzgerald named new CDC director

Brenda Fitzgerald, MD, the public health commissioner of Georgia, an obstetrician-gynecologist and a former candidate for Congress, has been named as the next director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Charles Stokes promoted to president, CEO of Memorial Hermann

Two weeks after being named interim president and CEO of Houston’s Memorial Hermann Health System, Charles Stokes, MHA, has been appointed to the role on a permanent basis by the hospital’s board.

HFMA 2017: RCM upgrades, patient engagement top priorities for CFOs

Healthcare finance leaders are most focused on technological improvements in revenue cycle management (RCM) over the next year, while almost all are concerned about how the increasing number of self-paying patients will affect their organizations.

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