Leadership

CVS Health has named Roshan Navagamuwa as its new chief information officer to lead the company’s integration with Aetna, which it acquired late last year, The Wall Street Journal reported.

The tension that has long simmered between providers and payers across U.S. healthcare is ripe for the easing. And the present moment may offer the best opportunity in decades for all parties to build trust where suspicion has become the default position. 

Months after acquiring online pharmacy PillPack for approximately $1 billion, Amazon has appointed a 14-year veteran with the company to lead its new pharmacy business, CNBC reported. Nader Kabbani has been named vice president of consumables, special projects.

In an analysis of hospital reviews posted on Yelp, researchers found the word “told” was correlated to negative reviews, while words like “great” and “friendly” were correlated with positive ones. Findings were posted in the Journal of General Internal Medicine.

A former employee of UnitedHealth Group’s Optum business is allowed to work for the new healthcare joint venture between Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway and JPMorgan Chase, a U.S. District Court judge ruled.

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.