Cerner Corporation, a health information and EHR technology company, has extended its partnership with not-for-profit healthcare company Intermountain Healthcare in a multiyear agreement.

CMS Administrator Seema Verma penned an op-ed in the Washington Post defending a Medicaid block grant policy, dubbed Healthy Adult Opportunity.

Envision Healthcare, the physician-led services and post-acute care company based in Nashville, announced its president and CEO Christopher “Chris” Holden will step down from his role. Holden has been with the company for 13 years.

CVS Health is changing up its board of directors, transitioning from 16 members to 13, according to an announcement. The move was “to further align with corporate governance best practices,” according to CVS.

Microsoft is launching a $40 million, five-year program that aims to leverage the company’s existing initiative and AI technology to help researchers and organizations tackle health challenges.

Health technology company Philips is getting out of the home appliance business in order to focus in the healthcare space.

Bloomberg ranked the 500 richest people in the world in its Bloomberg Billionaires Index, with several healthcare names making the list.

 

For 2020, CVS Health has laid out a number of trends in the industry and several challenges to address, including chronic kidney disease care, social determinants of health, poverty and lack of healthcare access, and consumer preferences and engagement.

Health insurer Humana has snagged the top doctor at CMS, Kate Goodrich, MD, who served as chief medical officer of CMS and director of the Center for Clinical Standards and Quality.

Vin Gupta, a physician with a background in pulmonary medicine, has been hired by Amazon for its Amazon Care team as a principal scientist.

Kaiser Permanente, a major nonprofit health system based in California, has partnered with SEUI-UHW to launch Futuro Health, a $130 million nonprofit organization.

UPMC Health Plan, a health plan owned by the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, has launched a new social impact initiative to address social determinants of health and reduce health inequities in underserved communities.