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Premier CEO Susan DeVore retiring, President Michael J. Alkire to assume top position

Premier today announced that long-time CEO Susan DeVore will retire June 30. She will be succeeded as head of the group purchasing organization by current president Michael J. Alkire on May 1 but will remain with the Charlotte-based company for another month to help with the transition, according to a news release. DeVore will stay on as an advisor for another two years after that but will give up her seat on the company’s board of directors effective the date of her retirement.

Board Chair Terry Shaw said the announcement is the culmination of the board’s long-range succession planning process.

“Susan is an outstanding CEO whose formulation and execution of Premier’s strategy has been instrumental in establishing the company as an industry leader,” Shaw said in a prepared statement. “I believe Mike is the ideal person to lead the ongoing evolution of Premier’s long-term strategy. He is a talented executive

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Biden invites GOP lawmakers to White House virus relief talk

President Joe Biden has invited to the White House a group of 10 Republican senators who have proposed spending about one-third of what he is seeking in coronavirus aid.

White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Sunday that Biden had spoken with the leader of the group, Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine). The invitation to meet came hours after the lawmakers sent Biden a letter urging him to negotiate rather than try to ram through his $1.9 trillion package solely on Democratic votes.

Though Biden is wanting “a full exchange of views,” Psaki reiterated that he remains in favor of moving forward with a far-reaching relief package.

Keep track of all of the new administration’s regulatory moves here.

“With the virus posing a grave threat to the country, and economic conditions grim for so many, the need for action is urgent, and the scale of what must be done is

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How healthcare leaders can manage better during COVID-19

It’s fitting that the issue of unity has become so prevalent in recent weeks. Yes, most of the calls to coalesce are in reference to the state of our union. But the topic has made me introspective about other unions—the ones that so greatly impact us personally and professionally. 

In many ways the rush of daily life has slowed. We’re missing the after-work and weekend social events, the spirited conversations around large conference tables, the gathering at your office’s equivalent of a water cooler.

In some cases it might be that you’re simply too busy trying to survive the economic impact of the pandemic on your business to take a moment to breathe and ask your co-workers how they’re doing. Healthcare organizations also have contributed to the trend of allowing employees to work from home. It’s estimated two-thirds of Americans are now working remotely as a result of COVID. It’s

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HHS allows more healthcare providers to administer COVID-19 vaccines

HHS on Thursday made moves to rapidly grow the vaccination workforce and increase the public’s access to COVID-19 vaccinations.

Under the amendment to the Public Readiness and Emergency Preparedness Act (PREP Act), all licensed and certified healthcare professionals are now authorized to prescribe, dispense and administer COVID-19 vaccines in any state or U.S. territory after completing the CDC’s COVID-19 vaccine training, regardless of where they are licensed or certified.

“As vaccine supply is made more widely available over the coming months, having additional vaccinators at the ready will help providers and state health departments meet the demand for vaccine and protect their communities more quickly,” HHS Acting Secretary Norris Cochran said in a statement.

The Biden administration has said it wants to have at least 1 million vaccinations per day but has said it still could take months to give a shot to everyone who wants one.

The amendment also

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Biden to reopen ‘Obamacare’ markets for COVID-19 relief

Fulfilling a campaign promise, President Joe Biden plans to reopen the HealthCare.gov insurance markets for a special sign-up opportunity geared to people needing coverage in the coronavirus pandemic.

Biden is expected to sign an executive order Thursday, said two people familiar with the plan, whose details were still being finalized. They spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the pending order ahead of a formal announcement.

Although the number of uninsured Americans has grown because of job losses due to the economic hit of COVID-19, the Trump administration resisted calls to authorize a “special enrollment period” for people uninsured in the pandemic. Failure to repeal and replace “Obamacare” as he repeatedly vowed to do was one of former President Donald Trump’s most bitter disappointments. His administration continued trying to find ways to limit the program or unravel it entirely. A Supreme Court decision on

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