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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

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).

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.

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