Week in review: 9 biggest healthcare stories this week

Stay in the know with Becker's Hospital Review's weekly roundup of the nation's biggest healthcare news. Here's what you need to know this week.

1. OSU Wexner CEO resigns over faculty concerns about leadership
Columbus-based Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center CEO Sheldon Retchin, MD, resigned, following complaints about his leadership from the faculty. He is also stepping down from his position as executive vice president of health sciences at the medical center.

2. Aetna to withdraw from all 2018 ACA exchanges
Hartford, Conn.-based Aetna will exit ACA exchanges in Delaware and Nebraska in 2018, marking the insurer's full exit from the individual marketplace, The Washington Post reports.

3. New findings in case of slain Boston physicians
New information suggests the 30-year-old man suspected of killing two Boston physicians the evening of May 5 may have previously worked as a concierge in their condominium complex, according to The Washington Post.

4. Dr. Scott Gottlieb confirmed as FDA commissioner
The Senate on May 9 confirmed Scott Gottlieb, MD, as the new Food and Drug Administration commissioner, reports The New York Times. Senators confirmed Dr. Gottlieb in a 57-42 vote, largely along party lines.

5. Judge rules Cigna can abandon $54B mega-merger with Anthem
A Delaware judge denied Indianapolis-based Anthem's request for a preliminary injunction May 11 to stop Bloomfield, Conn.-based Cigna from leaving the insurers' $54 billion merger deal, according to Bloomberg.

6. Florida lawmakers settle on $521M in state hospital funding cuts for FY 2017-18
Florida lawmakers agreed to cut $521 million in hospital funding for the upcoming fiscal year beginning in July, according to a Miami Herald report.

7. Nearly 7,000 bodies reportedly buried under University of Mississippi Medical Center campus
Officials estimate the bodies of nearly 7,000 former patients treated by Mississippi's first psychiatric institution are buried across a 20-acre stretch of land that now belongs to the Jackson-based University of Mississippi Medical Center, according to The Clarion-Ledger.

8. 7,000+ people affected in New York hospital data breach
At least 7,000 medical records from New York City-based Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center were exposed by a third-party vendor, NBC News reports.

9. Senators respond to all-male group working on ACA replacement plan
Senate Republicans are addressing questions regarding the 13-member, all-male group working on the party's healthcare bill, reports Reuters.

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