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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

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.

Humana plans to leave COO role vacant after James Murray retires

Humana executive vice president and COO James Murray will step down from his post on March 31.

Summa Health CEO resigns after physician vote of no confidence

Thomas Malone, MD, president and CEO of Akron, Ohio-based Summa Health, has resigned from his position weeks after 240 Summa physicians called for his departure with a vote of no confidence.

Ex-HHS Secretary Burwell to become president of American University

Less than a week after leaving her old post as HHS Secretary, Sylvia Burwell has found a new job: president of American University.

NIH Director staying put for now

Francis Collins, MD, PhD, director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), will be staying on in the administration of President Donald Trump, at least temporarily.

CMS administrator’s farewell: 'You are well positioned for whatever comes next'

At his last all-staff meeting at CMS, the agency’s acting administrator, Andy Slavitt, recounted the successes and challenges of his tenure while encouraging employees to welcome his replacement from the incoming Trump administration.

University of Chicago picks director for new trauma center

Selwyn Rogers Jr., MD, MPH, has been selected to lead the development of University of Chicago Medicine’s new adult trauma center, set to open in 2018.

Physician tapped by Trump to be next VA Secretary

President-elect Donald Trump’s choice to run the Veterans Affairs Department—and the largest integrated healthcare system in the U.S.—is the department’s current top health official, David Shulkin, MD.

New Jersey’s Virtua looking for new CEO

Richard Miller, president and CEO of Marlton, New Jersey-based nonprofit Virtua, will be retiring at the end of 2017 after 21 years running the four-hospital system. 

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