September 14, 2018

Around the nation: Memorial Sloan CMO resigns amid disclosure controversy

Daily Briefing

    CMO José Baselga on Thursday announced his resignation from the position following an investigation by ProPublica and the New York Times that found he had neglected to disclose industry payments to medical journals, in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from Maryland, New York, and South Dakota.

    • Maryland/New York: Planned Parenthood has named Leana Wen as president, marking the organization's first physician president in almost 50 years. Wen has been Baltimore's health commissioner since 2015 and works as a faculty member at Georgetown University School of Medicine as well as Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (Rege, Becker's Hospital Review, 9/12; Bernstein, Washington Post, 9/12; Zernike, New York Times, 9/12).
    • Massachusetts: Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center CMO José Baselga on Thursday announced his resignation from the position following an investigation by ProPublica and the New York Times that found he had neglected to disclose millions of dollars in industry payments in dozens of research articles. Baselga in his resignation letter said he takes full responsibility for the disclosures and that he has provided and will continue to provide updates to medical journals "until the record is complete." Baselga cited concern that the matter would distract for his role as CMO as his reason for stepping down. CEO Craig Thompson said the center has "robust programs" in place for employees' relationships with outside companies but added, "There will be continued discussion and review of these matters in the coming weeks" (Thomas/Ornstein, New York Times, 9/13).
    • South Dakota: Former Veterans Affairs secretary David Shulkin will be joining Sanford Health as the health system's chief innovation officer and strategic adviser, the health system announced Tuesday. Shulkin resigned from his post at VA in March. Shulkin said he joined Sanford because he was impressed by Sanford's team-player attitude and the work it's doing. He added that Sanford has "an opportunity to have a bigger impact on the country than even they've had in the past" (Rege, Becker's Hospital Review, 9/12).

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