* It looks like even if you can beat 'em, you still join 'em. Former Maryland Insurance Commissioner Steven Larsen has been named CEO of Amerigroup Corp.'s health plans in Maryland and the District of Columbia, which have 161,000 members. Larsen replaces Don Gilmore, who will lead the for-profit company's Florida operations.
Larsen gained national attention last year when he blocked the for-profit conversion of CareFirst Blue Cross and Blue Shield, Owings Mills, Md. Last month, he testified against the proposed conversion of Premera Blue Cross, Mountlake Terrace, Wash. Most recently, Larsen was partner and vice chairman of the insurance practice group at the Baltimore office of law firm Saul Ewing.
Amerigroup covers about 857,000 beneficiaries of Medicaid and other government programs in six states.
* Brian Anderson is out and John Greisch is in as senior vice president and CFO of troubled Baxter International. Greisch, 49, was previously corporate vice president and president of Baxter's BioScience business. Anderson, 53, is leaving the company, officials say.
Analysts on Wall Street speculated that Baxter's new chairman and CEO Robert Parkinson Jr., who was appointed in April to succeed Harry Kraemer, was cleaning house to bolster Baxter's sagging image with investors.
Greisch joined Baxter in 2002 as vice president of finance for the medical supply company's renal division. Before joining Baxter, Greisch was president and CEO of FleetPride Corp. and also spent 11 years at Interlake Corp., a global manufacturing company.
* Another ex-HealthSouth Corp. executive has escaped jail time for his role in the Birmingham, Ala., company's sweeping accounting scandal, which is estimated to have reached at least $3.4 billion. U.S. District Judge U.W. Clemon on Saturday in Huntsville, Ala., sentenced former CFO Michael Martin, 42, to six months of home detention. Martin was also ordered to forfeit nearly $2.4 million gained through the fraud and pay a $50,000 fine.
Martin, who pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit wire and securities fraud and falsifying financial information, served in various capacities in HealthSouth's accounting department from 1989 until October 1997, when he was promoted to CFO. He served as CFO until February 2000, when he left HealthSouth.
Of 10 former executives who have pleaded guilty to criminal charges and already have been sentenced in relation to the scandal, only one-Emery Harris, former vice president of finance and assistant controller-has received a prison term. Federal prosecutors recommended a five-year jail term for Martin.
* Jeffrey Feike resigned as president and CEO of 99-bed Ivinson Memorial Hospital in Laramie, Wyo., last week after conflicts with staff and board members resulted in a 3-2 vote to oust him last month-just one vote short of the four votes needed to fire him.
Hospital officials say they don't know Feike's future plans, and he was unavailable for comment. Terry Guice, vice chairman of the hospital's six-member board, who voted in favor of keeping Feike, says he can't speak for other members who were unhappy with Feike's performance. "There were conflicts at the hospital. Frankly, it's time for the hospital to move on."
Guice says the disputes resulted from communication issues with staff, including those with Clinton Merrill, an oncologist at the cancer center, who had been a vocal critic of Feike, and over budget problems. The hospital lost $2 million on $47 million of revenue last year.
L.J. Guthmann, vice president of quality, is acting CEO.