Leadership

The American Medical Association (AMA) has elected its new board of trustees for 2019-2020, with women physicians as the highest elected officers for the first time.

Patrice Harris, MD, MA, a psychiatrist from Atlanta, was sworn in as president of the American Medical Association (AMA) during the group’s annual meeting in Chicago, becoming the AMA’s first African-American woman to hold the position.

 

The acquisition of Aetna by CVS Health, which came at a price tag of $69 billion and brought together the nation’s third-largest health insurance provider with one of the biggest pharmacy retailers and pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs), is at risk as the transaction is still under review by a court.

Healthcare organizations are keeping an eye on technology behemoths, which are the new entrants and competitors in the healthcare industry.

An emergence of fake medical news and untrustworthy medical advice on social media has led to the creation of a new type of role at Jefferson Health, a health system in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

 

Susan Bailey, MD, has been named the new president of American Medical Association, the group announced June 8 at the AMA’s annual meeting in Chicago.

Thomas Frieden, MD, former director of the CDC, pleaded guilty to a disorderly conduct violation after he was arrested last year for sexual misconduct, the Associated Press reported.

 

New York-based healthcare system Mount Sinai has created a new role of chief digital officer, which will be filed by Andrew Kasarskis, PhD, who will also hold the role of executive vice president.

HHS has named a new chief information officer, Jose Arrieta. The position had been open for about nine months.

The American Hospital Association has outlined a seven-step approach specifically tailored to health system leaders to address burnout in healthcare.

A top executive at the healthcare joint venture between Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway and JPMorgan Chase––Haven––has stepped down, according to CNBC. Chief operating officer Jack Stoddard, formerly general manager for digital health at Comcast, is reportedly leaving his position for personal reasons after just nine months at the company.

Physicians are a hot commodity right now, with demand for the role rising around the country. That makes finding a job for newly trained physicians easier, according to a new survey from Merritt Hawkins, a physician recruiting firm.