Piedmont CEO moves to Tenet Healthcare; Independent commission to recommend doc payment reforms;

> The CEO of South Carolina's Piedmont Medical Center is going over to parent company Tenet Healthcare, reported The Herald. Working for the senior vice president of Tenet's Southern States Region office, Charlie Miller will help improve hospital operations for 11 acute care facilities in Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina. Article

> Beaumont Health System in Michigan is transitioning to an academic hospital model for alignment, seeking physicians who teach, publish and research, according to Crain's Detroit Business. Article

> In Texas, University Health System has formally ended discussions with Christus Health about building a freestanding children's hospital, reported the San Antonio Business Journal. The system continues to evaluate all viable options for bringing a children's hospital to San Antonio. Article

> The Society of General Internal Medicine today launched an independent commission that will issue recommendations for reforming the physician payment system, according to AHA News Now. The group will analyze the potential impacts of accountable care organizations, patient-centered medical homes and value-based purchasing. News brief

> Monterey County, Calif., officials and trustees of Natividad Medical Center agreed to merge Natividad and Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital, reported the Contra Costa Times. The new single health system would have $651 million in assets. Article

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