Leadership

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.

David F. Torchiana, MD, CEO of Boston-based Partners HealthCare, has announced his plans to retire, The Boston Globe reported. 

In 2018, the healthcare industry became the largest employment sector in the United States, but rising demand has made certain positions in the space some of the hardest to fill.

The U.S. adult uninsured rate for healthcare reached 13.7 percent at the end of 2018––a four-year high, according to a recent Gallup poll. The findings underscore the actions of the Trump administration to undermine the Affordable Care Act over the last two years.

 

Three executives at Ascension, a nonprofit health system based in St. Louis, are departing from their roles, Ascension President and CEO Anthony Tersigni, EdD, FACHE, said in an announcement.

A former federal prosecutor has been appointed to lead an investigation into the Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital heart surgery unit, The Tampa Bay Times reported. The hospital, based in St. Petersburg, Florida, has been the focus of a scandal after a recent Tampa Bay Times investigation revealed the unit’s mortality rate had tripled in just a few years.

Chris Traylor has been named acting director of Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) after his predecessor, Mary Mayhew, resigned Jan. 4 after just three months on the job.

The former CEO of health insurance provider Anthem, Joseph Swedish, has started a private equity firm as a co-founder, Axios reported.