Modern Healthcare names the industry's 'Most Influential' people

Sebelius, Kitzhaber top the list

Topics: Leadership, Workforce

August 26, 2013

Modern Healthcare has released its 12th annual list of the "100 Most Influential People in Health Care," which includes a range of policy leaders, hospital executives, insurance giants, and more.

For the list, the magazine's editors selected 300 finalists from more than 28,000 nominations submitted by readers, and 238,000-plus readers voted on those finalists. Readers' votes counted toward 50% of the outcome, and senior editors determined the final ranking.

Policy makers top the list

The nation's leading health policy makers received prominent placement, with government officials accounting for four of the five top spots on the list.

HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius was selected as the industry's most influential person in health care. Modern Healthcare's Andis Robeznieks wrote, "Is there anyone else in healthcare managing a $941 billion budget and tasked with moving the massive Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) from paper to reality?"

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President Obama named Sebelius—Kansas's former insurance commissioner and governor—to his cabinet in 2009. She is only the second woman to top the list; Catholic Health Association President and CEO Sister Carol Keehan—number 10 on this year's list—became the first woman to top the list in 2007.

Last year, Sebelius was ranked fifth, while Chief Justice John Roberts took the number one spot in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to uphold the ACA.

After Sebelius, the top 10 "Most Influential People" were:

    2. Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber (D) (who was named the top Physician Executive earlier this year)
    3. President Obama
    4. Stephen Hemsley, president and CEO of UnitedHealth Group 
    5. CMS Administrator Marilyn Tavenner
    6. Mark Bertolini, president, chair, and CEO of Aetna
    7. Richard Bracken, chair and CEO of HCA
    8. Joseph Swedish, CEO of WellPoint
    9. George Halvorson, outgoing chair of Kaiser Permanente
    10. Sister Keehan

Hospital executives make the list

The leaders of myriad provider organizations were named to this year's list, including executives at "megahospital systems" and systems "with more modest numbers in their hospital count" that are finding "new ways to grow their influence without necessarily expanding their footprint," Robeznieks writes.

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Hospital and health system leaders named to the list included:

    15. John Noseworthy, president and CEO of Mayo Clinic
    16. Toby Cosgrove, president and CEO of Cleveland Clinic
    17. Wayne Smith, chair, president, CEO of Community Health Systems
    18. Trevor Fetter, president and CEO of Tenet Healthcare
    19. Joel Allison, president and CEO of Dallas-based Baylor Health Care System
    25. Michael Dowling, president and CEO of North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System in New York
    26.Gary Gottlieb, president and CEO of Boston-based Partners HealthCare
    29. Richard Umbdenstock, president and CEO of the American Hospital Association
    30. Kevin Lofton, president and CEO of Catholic Health Initiatives (Robeznieks [1], Modern Healthcare, 8/24; Robeznieks [2], Modern Healthcare, 8/24; Modern Healthcare[1], 8/24; Modern Healthcare [2], 8/24 [subscription required for all]).

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