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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

Implement these 3 HR practices to save money, improve care

The talent of individual physicians can help save lives, but a truly successful hospital system has an HR department that understands how to empower and motivate physicians to provide quality care for patients. 

CEO of NY’s public hospital system stepping down

NYC Health + Hospitals President and CEO Ram Raju, MD, will be giving up the post at the end of November, after nearly three years in charge.

HCA transferring ownership of Okla. hospitals for $750 million

Hospital Corporation of America (HCA) will be giving up ownership of the Oklahoma University Medical Center (OUMC) and OUMC Edmund to the University Hospitals Authority and Trust (UHAT), with a separate agreement with SSM Healthcare of Oklahoma creating a new nonprofit to manage day-to-day operations as part of a new integrated care network.

AAAASF names new president

The American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities has appointed one of its board members the new leader of the organization.

ACEP picks new president-elect, board members

Paul Kivela, MD, MBA, of Napa, California, has been selected as the new president-elect of the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) as the group made several leadership changes at its annual meeting in Las Vegas.

Mount Sinai Beth Israel president resigns as new hospital project begins

Amid a $500 million overhaul of Mount Sinai Health System in New York, the president of Beth Israel Hospital, Susan Somerville, has decided to step down.

eQHealth Solutions names new senior medical director

A new medical director has joined eQHealth Solutions, a population health management company that serves government and commercial organizations.

CureVac names Pierre Kemula CFO

Technology company CureVac has appointed Pierre Kemula as new chief financial officer, a position responsible for overseeing the company’s financial and capital market initiatives.

Spectrum Health names new chief medical officer

Grand Rapids, Michigan-based Spectrum Health Hospital Group has named Darryl Elmouchi, MD, MBA, chief medical officer, effective Oct. 10.

Patient ID errors happen—and they can be deadly

To err is human, as they say. But in a hospital setting, an error can turn deadly fast. And they do, according to a report from the Emergency Care Research Institute (ECRI), especially when hospital records confuse two patients for one another.  

 

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