AMA names new CEO; Children's Hospital exec charged with $1.7M embezzelment;

> The American Medical Association yesterday announced its new CEO, James L. Madara, MD, effective July 1. Madara is a pathologist and gastroenterologist, former CEO of the University of Chicago Medical Center and was a senior adviser for consulting firm Leavitt Partners, according to American Medical News. Article

> Former executive Roosevelt Hairston Jr. is charged with embezzling $1.7 million from Children's Hospital in Philadelphia, reports the Philadelphia Inquirer. The U.S. Attorney's Office announced yesterday it is charging him with mail fraud, money laundering and falsifying tax returns. Article

> Despite healthcare reform goals of more primary care, 11 hospitals in Massachusetts saw increased numbers of ER visits after reform. In 2006, Massachusetts law began requiring all residents to have insurance and subsidizes insurance for those who can't afford it, reports Reuters. Article

> A redevelopment plan of St. Joseph Hospital in Denver will create 1,400 jobs and contribute millions to the city of Denver, reports KMGH Denver. Story

> Male physician assistants (PA) report higher salaries than their female counterparts due to differences in experience levels, on-call hours, more direct patient care and professional development, according to new data presented at the American Academy of Physician Assistants' 39th Annual PA Meeting. Researchers say future analysis should closely monitor the salary discrepancies by gender, reports the Clinical Advisor. Article

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