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April 23, 2018

Around the nation: Azar names insurance exec to head HHS' Office of Health Reform

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    HHS Secretary Alex Azar has named James Parker, former CEO of MDWise, to head the HHS Office of Health Reform, in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from California, Kansas, and Indiana.

    • California: UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital in Oakland on Thursday unveiled its new, 89,000-square-foot, six-story outpatient center. The outpatient center, which includes exam rooms, treatment facilities, and support services facilities, will open to the public on May 8 (Tadayon, East Bay Times, 4/19).

    • Indiana: HHS Secretary Alex Azar has named James Parker, former CEO of MDWise—an Indiana-based Medicaid managed care organization—to head HHS' Office of Health Reform. As part of his role, Parker will lead HHS' initiative to make health insurance more affordable (AHA News, 4/19; Morse, Healthcare Finance News, 4/19).

    • Kansas: Adventist Health System has named Sam Huenergardt as CEO of Shawnee Mission Health and CEO of its Mid-America Region, effective May 28. Huenergardt currently serves as president and CEO of Parker Adventist Hospital in Colorado and has previously served as president and CEO of Central Texas Medical Center and as COO and CFO of Gordon Hospital in Georgia, both of which are owned by Adventist (Vaidya, Becker's Hospital Review, 4/19).

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