Updated: Atlantic Health System CEO Trunfio is retiring (njbiz.org) (Editor's note: Story was updated at 4:45 p.m. with comments from Robert Garrett, chief executive of Hackensack University Health Network.) Joseph A. Trunfio, 67, is retiring as president and chief executive of Atlantic Health System, the Morristown-based, five-hospital health care organization announced Monday. Trunfio, who has led Atlantic for the past 15 years, will remain at the helm while the board of trustees conducts a national search for his successor, Atlantic said.
More Insured People Could Mean Less Reimbursement for Charity Care (njspotlight.com) Advocates argue against drastic funding cuts even if hospitals see drop-off in uncompensated services provided to low-income patients. Expanded health coverage through the Affordable Care Act may be helping people who didn’t have insurance, but it also has hospitals facing possible cuts in charity care, a longtime source of funding.
CDC issues advisory on pediatric neurological illness (ahanews.com) The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment and Children’s Hospital Colorado are investigating a cluster of nine pediatric patients hospitalized with an acute neurologic illness of undetermined etiology, and CDC has issued a health advisory warning others to watch out for similar symptoms.
Four More Hospital Systems Quit ACO Program (kaiserhealthnews.org) Three years after the Centers For Medicare & Medicaid Services selected 32 groups to participate in the Pioneer Accountable Care Organization Model program, they are down to 19 players. Officials say that navigating the program's rules has proved challenging.