The Health Alliance of Greater Cincinnati eliminated the job of chief medical officer as part of an effort to cut spending by $40 million annually in the wake of an April court ruling that allowed three alliance hospitals to exit the system, an alliance spokeswoman said. Reuven Pasternak, the alliances first CMO, was scheduled to step down July 15, according to a memo from Ken Hanover, the systems president and chief executive officer. Restructuring will also shift emergency department management from the alliance to its remaining hospitals. Dennis Mueller, the alliances emergency medicine service-line vice president, will step down Aug. 10, the memo said.
CMS Acting Administrator Leslie Norwalk is expected to leave the agency on July 20, two days after the Senate Finance Committee takes up the nomination of President Bushs pick for the job, longtime HHS veteran Kerry Weems. In an e-mail to staff, Norwalk called her CMS tenure an incredibly challenging, enriching and rewarding experience. Norwalk, with the agency for about six years, has served in the top spot since Oct. 15, 2006.
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