Leadership

Some companies in particular are rising above the fray with their innovative solutions, according to Fast Company, which ranked the most innovative companies for 2019 across industries and overall.

 

Physician burnout is getting better, according to a new triennial study published in Mayo Clinic Proceedings. In fact, doctors were less likely to indicate emotional exhaustion and depersonalization in a survey in 2017 compared to 2014, and burnout prevalence is closer to 2011 levels.

More details about the still-unnamed healthcare joint venture between Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway and JPMorgan Chase have come out during the ongoing court case over the hiring of a former UnitedHealth Group executive. The newly unsealed documents reveal the joint venture is aiming to redesign health insurance, The Wall Street Journal reported.

Anne Klibanski, MD, has been named interim president and CEO of Partners HealthCare. Klibanski’s current leadership responsibilities within the Partners system include research, academia and clinical work. She will succeed CEO David Torchiana, MD, who recently announced his plans to retire at the end of April. 

The FDA is cracking down on the supplement industry, after Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, MD, asked the makers of 12 different supplements to cease claiming their products cure various diseases, including Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes and cancer, among others. Additionally, Gottlieb announced a new plan for policy advancements in an effort to modernize dietary supplement regulation and oversight.

Women are less successful at receiving funds for research if the application reviewer is asked to evaluate the principal investigator, rather than the quality of the science, according to research published in The Lancet.

Oscar Health, the New York-based startup health insurance provider with more than $1 billion in funding, has named Sid Sankaran as its new chief financial officer, effective March 1.

Healthcare executives are bullish on the financial performance of their own organizations looking into 2019, but they are less enthusiastic about the sector as a whole, according to a recent survey from J.P. Morgan.

President Trump’s second annual State of the Union speech was held on Feb. 5, during which the president touched on many subjects, including several healthcare goals and changes. 

Serkan Kutan has been appointed chief technology officer to the healthcare joint venture between Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway and JPMorgan Chase & Co. The venture, still unnamed, was formed at the start of 2018.

For CFOs, whose roles have changed and expanded, rising pressures in the healthcare landscape have led to a greater need for coordination across financial, clinical and operational stakeholders, according to a recent CFO outlook report from Kaufman Hall. 

Sutter Health, a not-for-profit health system based in California, has hired its first chief population health officer, Christopher Stanley, MD, MBA.