MONROE, Conn.-Connecticut Health Enterprises has appointed Roger S. Taylor, M.D., president and chief executive officer of the newly formed healthcare partnership. Taylor had been executive vice president and chief medical officer of PacifiCare Health Systems, a Cypress, Calif.-based managed-care company that serves more than 1.9 million enrollees. Connecticut Health Enterprises was formed by Vincentures, the for-profit management arm of St. Vincent's Health Services Corp. in Bridgeport, Conn.; S.S. Cooper, an affiliate of Daughters of Charity National Health System; and PHP Healthcare Corp., a publicly traded provider of healthcare management services with headquarters in Reston, Va. As the top executive, Taylor will lead the partnership in developing a statewide network of hospitals and physicians and position the company to enter contractual relationships with payers. Taylor also will serve as senior vice president of PHP, which will provide management services to the enterprise. In June, PacifiCare announced that Linda Lyons, M.D., was named senior vice president of health services and assumed Taylor's former duties. Lyons had been senior vice president for managed-care operations at Scripps Clinic and Research Foundation in San Diego.
NEW YORK-Troubled by the rapid pace of change in healthcare, the New York Academy of Medicine has launched a new policy division to track the impact shifts in the industry are having on inner-city residents. "There will be a real chance to provide a voice" for the disenfranchised, said Patricia J. Volland, an academy senior vice president. The academy is a 150-year-old not-for-profit research and advocacy organization. Its new Health and Science Policy Division will be headed by Bradford H. Gray, who comes to the job from Yale University. As a start, researchers at the division will take a hard look at how managed-care companies operate. The academy is particularly concerned with tracking how managed care affects patient access and service quality. It also wants to gauge how HMOs' growing influence affects physicians' and hospitals' relations with patients. Before coming to the academy, Gray headed Yale's Institution for Social and Policy Studies.