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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

Q&A: Former St. Joseph Health CIO says don’t split your CIO’s duties

The role of a chief information officer (CIO) has evolved well beyond handling billing and communications for a health system or the more recent role of getting an electronic health record (EHR) up and running. What CIOs now struggle with is convincing other members of the C-suite that hospitals have to keep updating and investing in technology.

Seema Verma confirmed as CMS administrator

The U.S. Senate has confirmed President Donald Trump’s selection for CMS administrator, Seema Verma, MPH, by a 55-43 vote, with Democrats largely opposing her nomination while the healthcare industry pledged to work with her. 

MD Anderson president submits resignation amid budget troubles

Ronald DePinho, MD, president of the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, has announced he’ll be stepping down from the job he’s held since 2011, saying he “could have done a better job administratively, a better job listening, a better job communicating.”

Medicaid CMO, Cleveland Clinic CEO criticize ACA replacement as Republicans push back

As negative reactions from healthcare leaders to the American Health Care Act (AHCA) have continued to come out, one Republican lawmaker supporting the Affordable Care Act (ACA) replacement hit back against what he called the “medical industrial complex.”

HIMSS 2017: Transition to value means informatics belong in C-suite

The evolution of medical informatics and the importance of collecting, understanding and acting upon data means a clinical informatics leader should be a part of any hospital or health system’s C-suite, according to a panel of experts at HIMSS 2017.

HIMSS 2017: Better cybersecurity may require creative messaging

Building a culture committed to protecting data in healthcare organizations requires better communication, understanding what roles different workers play in cybersecurity and, sometimes, some creative competition.

HIMSS 2017: Gender diversity in leadership is both practical, moral

Expanding the leadership pool to include more women isn’t just a moral initiative, according to a panel of health IT executives at HIMSS 2017 in Orlando. It can also be essential for success for any healthcare organization. 

Joint Commission promotes two to executive status

The Joint Commission, a nonprofit organization that accredits and certifies healthcare organizations, has promoted two employees to executive positions that will oversee the business development and marketing divisions.

Former CDC director named president, CEO of Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Richard Besser, MD, the former acting director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), has been selected as the new president and CEO of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF).

Tom Price confirmed as HHS Secretary in early morning vote

After two congressional hearings and with no Democrats supporting his nomination, Tom Price was confirmed as the new HHS Secretary by a party-line vote of 52-47 in the early morning hours on Feb. 10.

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