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New HHS Sec­re­tary Sylvia Mathews Bur­well plans to hire a CEO and chief tech­nol­ogy of­fi­cer for the Health­Care.gov in­sur­ance mar­ket­place, the depart­ment an­nounced Fri­day. Cre­ation of these new po­si­tions comes af­ter crit­ics re­peat­edly de­cried the lack of clear lines of re­spon­si­bil­ity for the site’s op­er­a­tions. The yet-to-be hired CEO will re­port di­rectly to CMS Ad­min­is­tra­tor Mar­i­lyn Taven­ner and in­di­rectly, with a dot­ted line in or­ga­ni­za­tional terms, to Bur­well her­self. The new CTO will re­port di­rectly to the CEO.

ProMed­ica is ask­ing the full 6th U.S. Cir­cuit Court of Ap­peals to re­hear its St. Luke’s Hospi­tal an­titrust case, the next step to­ward the U.S. Supreme Court in the Ohio health sys­tem’s bat­tle to keep a sub­ur­ban hospi­tal it ac­quired nearly four years ago. In April, a three-judge panel sided with the Federal Trade Com­mis­sion and or­dered ProMed­ica to di­vest St. Luke’s Hospi­tal in Maumee, about 10 miles south­west of Toledo, where ProMed­ica is based. In the April opin­ion, the judges said the 2010 ac­qui­si­tion would re­duce com­pe­ti­tion and lead to higher prices for health plans and pa­tients.

Char­i­ta­ble giv­ing to health­care or­ga­ni­za­tions rose a healthy 6% last year, or 4.5% when ad­justed for in­fla­tion, ac­cord­ing to the Giv­ing USA Foun­da­tion’s an­nual phi­lan­thropy re­port, re­leased last week. The spike in health­care gifts was at­trib­uted to a large num­ber of wealthy donors com­mit­ting to bigticket causes, the re­port said. Giv­ing USA de­fines health­care or­ga­ni­za­tions as those that pro­vide health­care ser­vices, in­clud­ing not only hos­pi­tals and physi­cians’ of­fices, but also or­ga­ni­za­tions that con­duct health-re­lated re­search. Gifts made to fur­ther med­i­cal re­search within univer­sity sys­tems were also in­cluded in the re­port. Among the most no­table donors, Phil Knight, co-founder and chair­man of Nike, and his wife, Penny, do­nated $500 mil­lion in Septem­ber to kick-start a $1 bil­lion cancer re­search ini­tia­tive at Ore­gon Health & Sci­ence Univer­sity.

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