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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

GE Healthcare's John Flannery taking over as CEO of General Electric

General Electric (GE) CEO and Chairman Jeff Immelt is stepping down after 16 years at the helm of the company. His replacement will be GE Healthcare President and CEO John Flannery, who will take over the CEO role on August 1 and the chairman position at the beginning of 2018.

Former CMS data chief to lead Health Care Cost Institute

Niall Brennan, the former chief data officer at CMS under President Barack Obama, has been named the new president and executive director at the Health Care Cost Institute (HCCI).

Trump keeps Francis Collins as NIH Director

Francis Collins, MD, PhD, will remain director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), making him one of the few appointees of President Barack Obama to stay on in the Trump administration.

UPMC names new CMIO

Robert Bart, MD, has been appointed as new chief medical information officer (CMIO) for the health services division of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC).

Physician ownership of practices falls below 50%

In a study of physician practice arrangements, the American Medical Association found the long-term trends of consolidation and increased physician employment have continued, with the majority of physicians no longer having an ownership stake in their medical practice.

Hospital CEO turnover remains high in 2016

Turnover among hospital CEOs was 18 percent in 2016, the same as in the prior two years, but remains among “the highest rates calculated in the last two decades,” according to the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE).

5 things for-profit hospitals want from ACA repeal-and-replace

The Federation of American Hospitals (FAH) has largely remained silent on ongoing Republican-led efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA), including the recently passed American Health Care Act (AHCA). The group has now weighed in on the legislative battle, offering its “core principles” to Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch, R-Utah.

C-suite expects to reach value-based care tipping point by 2020

Healthcare executives believe the shift to value-based care and risk-sharing models will be transforming the industry within the next few years, according to a survey published by Lazard.

Ohio State Wexner CEO resigns after ‘no confidence’ letter from physicians

Sheldon Retchin, MD, has stepped down as CEO of Ohio State Wexner Medical Center after physicians and faculty complained about his management style in letters to university leaders, alleging he disrespected the hospital’s mission and set “unrealistic” goals on clinical and research initiatives. 

Scott Gottlieb confirmed as FDA commissioner

The U.S. Senate confirmed Scott Gottlieb, MD, as the new commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), bringing the former deputy commissioner back to lead the agency. 

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