Leadership

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is considering labeling fentanyl—a popular painkiller and powerful opioid—as a weapon of mass destruction (WMD), according to an internal memo obtained by military news outlet Task & Purpose.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio declared a public health emergency April 9 following a measles outbreak within the city, requiring individuals in affected zip codes to get vaccinated or face a $1,000 fine.

Healthcare workers suffer assaultive injuries on the job at a rate equal to workers in all other industries combined. Hospital patients are the most common assailants, while family members are the runners-up.

In a series of late-night tweets published April 1, President Trump suggested Republicans’ proposed replacement for the Affordable Care Act will be put to a vote after the 2020 election, edging healthcare out of the spotlight just a week after his administration backed a federal judge’s ruling to invalidate the whole law.

CMS has launched an AI challenge that’s incentivizing innovators to develop solutions for a range of administrative challenges, like predicting unplanned hospital admissions and adverse events, the agency announced March 27.

After a 15-year stint as the CEO of nonprofit health system Ascension, Anthony R. Tersigni, EdD, announced he’s stepping down from his role at the end of 2019.

Anthem Blue Cross is collaborating with Stanford to launch the AI for Health Affiliation program, a corporate affiliates program within the Stanford Department of Computer Sciences that will fund research on how AI can improve the efficiency and value of Anthem Blue Cross and its health plans.

The National Residency Matching Program (NRMP) celebrated its largest-ever Match Day on March 15, pairing a record number of applicants with the largest number of residencies offered to date.

Norman E. Sharpless, MD, director of the National Cancer Institute (NCI) since October 2017, has been announced as the new acting commissioner of the FDA. Sharpless replaces Scott Gottlieb, MD, who unexpectedly resigned from the position on March 5.

The FDA’s continued crackdown of the vaping and e-cigarette industry is questionable after the resignation of its commissioner Scott Gottlieb, who announced March 5 he would depart sometime in the next month.

As electronic health records (EHRs) continue to play a huge role for healthcare operators, chief information officers have new concerns and priorities to ensure success. With rising cyberattacks on protected medical information about patients, CIOs are putting more importance on cybersecurity.

Data alone can’t bring in new partnerships and build a successful healthcare operator. There has to be a story behind the data to help get new models of care off the ground, according to partners with PwC, who spoke at ACHE's Congress on Healthcare Leadership conference in Chicago.