* Innovis Health, Fargo, N.D., "let go" its CEO, Paul Wilson, hospital spokeswoman Tracie Popma says. Wilson will leave his post when Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota completes the transfer of its 50% ownership in the hospital to Dakota Clinic, Popma says. She declined to elaborate on the hospital's decision, and Wilson did not respond to a request for comment.
The insurer and physician-owned clinic built the hospital for $90 million in 2002. The Minnesota Blues last month announced plans to relinquish its stake, saying it did not want to keep investing in hospitals and believed Innovis was financially stable. Popma says Wilson's departure was not related to a failed deal to sell the hospital to Catholic Health Initiatives.
Innovis earned $5.8 million on revenue of $136.9 million in 2003, the most recent data available from the American Hospital Directory.
* Tufts Health Plan, Waltham, Mass., says its CEO and COO have resigned amid mounting losses and declining membership. President and CEO Nancy Leaming, who was promoted to the top post in 2003 after 17 years as the company's COO, will be replaced by James Roosevelt Jr., Tufts' general counsel. A successor for COO Rich Hallworth was not named.
In the first quarter, Tufts posted an operating loss of $13 million on revenue of $496 million, compared with an operating loss of $3.4 million on revenue of $549 million in the year-ago quarter. Total enrollment fell 12% to 656,535 members as of March 31, from 747,000 members at the end of March 2004.
Roosevelt, a grandson of President Franklin Roosevelt, joined Tufts in 1999. He previously served as associate commissioner of retirement policy at the Social Security Administration.
* William Plested, a cardiovascular surgeon in Santa Monica, Calif., was named president-elect of the American Medical Association at the organization's annual meeting last week in Chicago. Plested will become president in June 2006, after the one-year term of the current president, J. Edward Hill, who assumed the top ceremonial post at the nation's largest doctors' group last week.
Plested, a former chairman of the AMA's board of trustees, has been a member of the Chicago-based doctors' group for 33 years. Also at the five-day meeting, Nancy Nielsen, an internist from Buffalo, N.Y., began her third term as speaker of the AMA's 534-member House of Delegates, which sets policy for the group.
* The CMS' chief medical officer, Sean Tunis, was suspended from practicing medicine for one year by the Maryland Board of Physicians and fined $20,000 for allegedly falsifying records on his continuing medical education, the Washington Post reported.
Tunis told the Post the irregularities were attributable to "careless record-keeping." His future at the CMS, where he is director of clinical standards and quality, is unclear. Tunis did not respond to requests for comment, and the CMS declined to comment on the matter.
He has been on administrative leave since April, after allegations in February by the Maryland Board of Physicians that Tunis falsely claimed to have met the required hours of continuing medical education to renew his license.