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The American Hospital Association 2016 Annual Membership Meeting officially kicked off Sunday night with the swearing in of the new AHA chairman, Jim Skogsbergh, president and CEO of Advocate Health Care, Downers Grove, Ill.

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A lively gathering of five political observers immediately turned to the subject of Donald Trump, stayed there for a while, jumped to non-Trump matters and then returned to the GOP presidential candidate.

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Megyn Kelly (top) spent a lot of time honoring her VA nurse mother, and very little time discussing Donald Trump. Her talk was well received by attendees. White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough (bottom) also honored his mother, an emergency department nurse. He was effusive in his praise of the work the AHA did regarding the Affordable Care Act and its implementation.

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Acting CMS Administrator Andy Slavitt described a warmer and fuzzier CMS of the future, one that is more transparent and more of a partner to the hospital field.


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I did not get a good shot of the high school marching band, unfortunately, but the bluegrass band that led off one of the sessions was top notch.


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And an also-enjoyable Georgetown University a cappella group posed the eternal question, "Who put the bop in the bop?"