August 21, 2017

Health care's '100 Most Influential': Modern Healthcare releases annual ranking

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Modern Healthcare on Saturday released its 16th annual ranking of the "100 Most Influential People in Healthcare," which recognizes several health care executives, policymakers, industry leaders, and more.

Congratulations to Advisory Board members named to the list

How MH made its list

For the list, Modern Healthcare selected 300 finalists from 6,800 nominations submitted between March 27 and April 28. The publication then asked readers to cast ballots for their top candidates among the finalists. Readers' votes made up 50 percent of the final selection, while input from Modern Healthcare's senior editors made up the other half.

Citing "rapidly changing developments" stemming from congressional efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA), Modern Healthcare said this year, editors also added in several "influential lawmakers who were not among the 300 names on the ballot."

Lawmakers take top spots

Modern Healthcare awarded the top spot on the list jointly to Republican Sens. Susan Collins (Maine), John McCain (Ariz.), and Lisa Murkowski (Alaska) for their votes against a so-called "skinny repeal" measure that would have repealed the ACA's individual and employer mandates while making a few other changes to the law. According to Modern Healthcare, their votes "dramatically reshaped the epic political battle over the future of the ACA." The three senators did not respond to Modern Healthcare's request for interviews.

Other politicians, policymakers, and administration officials in the top 25 of this year's rankings include:

6. House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.)
7. President Trump
12. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.)
13. HHS Secretary Tom Price
15. CMS Administrator Seema Verma

Hospital and health system leaders make up nearly half of this year's list. Those listed among the top 25 of this year's rankings include:

4. Bernard Tyson, chair and CEO of Kaiser Permanente
5. Anthony Tersigni, president and CEO of Ascension
10. R. Milton Johnson, chair and CEO of HCA Healthcare
11. Toby Cosgrove, outgoing CEO and president of Cleveland Clinic
16. John Noseworthy, president and CEO of Mayo Clinic
17. Trevor Fetter, chair and CEO of Tenet Healthcare
19. Eugene Woods, president and CEO of Carolinas HealthCare System
21. Lloyd Dean, president and CEO of Dignity Health
23. Nancy Howell Agee, president and CEO of Carilion Clinic
24. David Feinberg, president and CEO of Geisinger Health System
25. Rodney Hochman, president and CEO of St. Joseph Health

Other recognitions

Several leaders in health insurance and health care advocacy also made the list, including among the top 25 honorees:

8. Aetna CEO Mark Bertolini;
9. American Hospital Association CEO Rick Pollack;
14. Anthem CEO Joseph Swedish;
18. America's Health Insurance Plans CEO Marilyn Tavenner;
20. American Medical Association CEO James Madara; and
22. PhRMA CEO Stephen Ubl.

In addition, individuals who have made Modern Healthcare's list every year so far include:

17. Trevor Fetter, chair and CEO of Tenet
28. Chip Kahn, president and CEO of the Federation of American Hospitals
44. Drew Altman, president and CEO of the Kaiser Family Foundation
46. Wayne Smith, chair and CEO of Community Health Systems ("100 Most Influential People in Healthcare 2017," Modern Healthcare, 8/19; Meyer, Modern Healthcare, 8/19; Modern Healthcare, accessed 8/21; Modern Healthcare list methodology, 8/19).

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