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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.


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ABMS names AMA’s Richard Hawkins as new president

Richard Hawkins, MD, has been selected as the new president and CEO of the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) and will succeed Lois Margaret Nora, MD, MBA, when her five-year tenure in the position ends in December.

LA County health chief nominated to run NYC’s public health system

An appointment at the largest public healthcare system in the U.S. has created a vacancy at the second-largest, as Los Angeles County Health Agency director Mitchell Katz, MD, has been nominated to take over as president and CEO at NYC Health + Hospitals.

UT officially names MD Anderson’s new president

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.

Most hospital execs have limited cost reduction goals for next 5 years

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.

New AAFP president pledges to ‘hound Congress’ on administrative relief for practices

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.

Tampa General continues C-suite overhaul with new CFO

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.

Kaiser Permanente medical school names its first dean

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.

MemorialCare names new COOs at Long Beach campus

The five-hospital MemorialCare Health System has announced a shuffle among its chief operating officers at its flagship Long Beach Memorial campus, with Ikenna Mmeje, MHSA, taking over as COO of Long Beach Memorial while his predecessor Tamra Kaplan, PharmD, will take the same role at the hospital’s Miller Children’s and Women’s Hospital Long Beach.

Nearly 1/2 of hospitals have investor ties to post-acute, hospice sectors

The influx of corporate investment in healthcare organizations over the past decade has resulted in a significant increase in the percentage of acute care hospitals which share common investor ties to the post-acute and hospice sectors, which could negatively impact competition, according to a study published in the September issue of Health Affairs.

Cleveland Clinic names Tomislav Mihaljevic as new CEO

Tomislav Mihaljevic, MD, has been selected to succeed Toby Cosgrove, MD, as the next president and CEO of the Cleveland Clinic beginning on Jan. 1, 2018.