The Medical Group Management Association has a new leader and software vendor Allscripts has hired four new senior executives from outside the firm.

MGMA has named Susan Turney, M.D., as president and CEO to succeed William Jessee, M.D., who retires in September after 12 years at the helm. Turney also will lead MGMA's American College of Medical Practice Executives, a credentialing and standards-setting entity. She has served as CEO and executive vice president at the Wisconsin Medical Society since 2004 and chaired the Wisconsin Statewide Health Information Network. She also practiced and served as medical director for patient financial services at Marshfield Clinic in Wisconsin.

Allscripts has hired Cliff Meltzer, formerly chief development officer at CA Technologies and with previous stints at Apple, Cisco and IBM, as executive vice president for solutions development. He succeeds John Gomez.

Steve Shute, formerly vice president of worldwide sales for enterprise content management at IBM, has joined Allscripts as executive vice president of sales. He succeeds Jeff Surges.

Jackie Studer is Allscripts' new senior vice president and general counsel, having spent the past eight years as general counsel for GE Healthcare Information Technology. She succeeds Kent Alexander.

John Guevara, with experience at Microsoft, Intermec, Delphi and Siemens Business Services, joins Allscripts as CIO. The position is new.


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