AMA president-elect boasts health IT background; Belmont University launches workforce accelerator program;

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> The American Medical Association (AMA) has named its new president-elect. Steven J. Stack, M.D., served as chairman of the AMA's Health Information Technology Advisory Group from 2007 to 2013. Stack will serve a one-year term as president-elect before assuming the office of president in 2015. Announcement

> A new workforce accelerator has been launched by Belmont University and the Tennessee chapter of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society, according to the Nashville Post. The accelerator will be a certification program for people in the healthcare IT sector. Article

> Heart failure patients at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center will be some of the first to receive treatment through a new wireless, implantable hemodynamic monitor recently approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Announcement

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> The Affordable Care Act's Medicaid expansion has been particularly beneficial for insurers, especially those operating in California or Michigan, where they're likely to see continued rising profits. Article

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> Hospitals added nearly 7,000 to the payrolls during the month of May after a period of stagnation, while overall employment increased by the low five figures over the past year. Article

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