The General Accounting Office and U.S. Comptroller General David Walker named Arnold Milstein as the newest member of the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission. Milstein, a physician and medical director of the Pacific Business Group on Health, has expertise in performance improvement for large healthcare providers and purchasers, according to the GAO. ... Jason Cooke, 48, has resigned as administrator of Texas' Medicaid and children's health insurance programs after a six-month reorganization of the programs, according to the Austin (Texas) American-Statesman. Dave Balland, COO of the Texas Health and Human Services Commission's inspector general's office, was named to the post on an interim basis. Agency officials in March proposed cutting thousands of recipients from benefit rolls and restricting access to certain drugs because of looming budget overruns. In a statement, Cooke cited the nearly complete reorganization of his division, accompanied by "unprecedented scrutiny of program operations," as laying "the groundwork for creating one of the best Medicaid and CHIP administrations in the country." ... Jefferson Regional Medical Center, Jefferson Hills, Pa., has promoted Robert Horn, 57, to executive vice president and COO. He had served as senior vice president. ... Elias Nemnom, 53, has been named vice president and treasurer of Continuum Health Partners, New York. He had served as vice president and treasurer of St. Vincent's Catholic Medical Centers of New York. ... Jack Egnatinsky, 63, has been named president of the Federated Ambulatory Surgery Association, Alexandria, Va. Now retired, Egnatinsky, an anesthesiologist, was a founder of Harrison Center Outpatient Surgery, a multispecialty ambulatory surgery center in Syracuse, N.Y. ... Margaret Lewis, 50, has been named president of HCA's central Atlantic division, Richmond, Va. She had served as a CEO of HCA hospitals in Virginia. Lewis replaces Phillip Robinson who stepped down after just a couple of months on the job. ... Arthur Spiegel III has been elected to the board of Broadlane, the San Francisco-based group purchasing organization and provider of other business services for the healthcare industry. Spiegel founded APM Management Consultants, a consulting firm dedicated to healthcare, in 1974. ... Andrew DeVoe has been named senior vice president and CFO of the University of Pennsylvania Health System in Philadelphia. Prior to joining Penn on May 10, he was regional vice president of finance for Tenet Healthcare Corp. ... J. Richard Gaintner, a physician and longtime hospital executive who received the American Hospital Association's 2003 board of trustees' award, died May 25 at his Gainesville, Fla., home after a lengthy struggle with pancreatic cancer. He was 68. Gaintner, who received his medical degree from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, was a top executive at hospitals in four cities, including Boston and New York, and served as CEO of Shands HealthCare in Gainesville from 1997 to 2001. He retired the next year after serving as executive vice president for health sciences at Georgetown University Medical Center in Washington.
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