Leadership

Less than a year after coming aboard HHS as senior advisor to the agency’s secretary Alex Azar, for drug pricing reform, John O’Brien is stepping down from his position.

In the second round of presidential debate of Democratic candidates, the hopefuls took on healthcare right away, debating Medicare-for-all proposals and a public option on stage. The arguments over healthcare “set a combative tone” for the rest of the debate.

Kaiser Permanente, a major health and hospital system based in California, has appointed its first-ever chief digital officer. Prat Vemana will assume the role August 12.

CMS Administrator Seema Verma does not support expanding the government-sponsored healthcare programs she oversees to all Americans.

The healthcare debate has moved into the limelight as the Democratic presidential primary race heats up.

More than 85,000 workers from Kaiser Permanente are preparing a national strike after contract negotiations stalled July 12. Talks between the workers and the nonprofit healthcare company ended Thursday without a deal.

Women are out-earning their male counterparts in the role of chief information officer in the healthcare field, according to a new salary report from the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME).

UC Health, an integrated academic health system based in Cincinnati, has named its first vice president and chief data and analytics officer. The creation of the executive position reflects the rising importance of data-driven strategies in healthcare organizations.

Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents favor Bernie Sanders when it comes to who can best handle healthcare out of the field of Democratic candidates for president, according to a CNN poll. Sanders, along with several other candidates, supports Medicare for all.

Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital, based in St. Petersburg, Florida, is making big changes in the fallout of investigations from the Tampa Bay Times that its pediatric heart surgery unit had an unusually high mortality rate.

UnitedHealth Group, a large managed care company based in Minnetonka, Minnesota, announced a slew of leadership changes at the end of June, including naming a new CEO to UnitedHealthcare, its major health insurance business.

Just four months after appointing the first-ever chief health informatics officer at CMS, the position is vacant.