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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.

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).

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.

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.

The annual Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA) conference includes the induction of the organization’s new board chair, its chief elected officer. For 2017-18, the position belongs to Carol Friesen, MPH, vice president of health system services at Bryan Health in Lincoln, Nebraska.

 

Recent Headlines

Training physicians to lead hospitals can improve quality

Physicians may make better hospital leaders than managers, according to researchers writing in the Harvard Business Review, and more training programs could create more physicians capable of leading health systems.

HIMSS CEO, president to retire at end of 2017

Stephen Lieber, longtime CEO and president of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS), has announced he’ll be retiring at the end of 2017. The search for his replacement has already begun.

First CEO selected for NIH Clinical Center

Major General James K. Gilman, MD, U.S. Army (retired), has been named as the first CEO of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Clinical Center, the largest clinical research hospital in the country.

Adventist promotes CFO/COO Terry Shaw to president/CEO

Terry Shaw will be Adventist Health System’s president and CEO effective immediately, the company announced Dec. 8.

NIH Director Collins may stay in Trump administration

Republicans on congressional committees which oversee the National Institutes of Health (NIH) are encouraging President-elect Donald Trump to retain the agency’s current director, Francis Collins, MD, PhD.

Cleveland Clinic CEO named to panel of Trump advisers

Toby Cosgrove, MD, the longtime CEO and president of Cleveland Clinic, will sit on a 16-member panel of business leaders offering expertise on job and economic growth to President-elect Donald Trump.

#NotMyAMA: Physicians lash out at association support for Trump’s HHS pick

Major medical associations largely praised the choice of U.S. Rep. Tom Price, MD, R-Georgia, for HHS Secretary, but those endorsements didn't sit well with some doctors.

ACA, MACRA critic Tom Price is Trump’s pick for HHS Secretary

Rep. Tom Price, MD, R-Georgia, will be appointed to run HHS by President-elect Donald Trump, giving the administration’s top healthcare post to a staunch proponent of repealing the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

Seema Verma to head CMS under Trump

President-elect Donald Trump has selected a health policy consulting firm CEO with close ties to his vice president and experience in Medicaid expansion to head CMS.

CFO change at Allina after nursing strikes cost system $105 million

Allina Health will be getting a new CFO after the system posted a $67.7 million operating loss for the third quarter following two separate nursing strikes in 2016.

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