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

President Obama tops this year's list

Congratulations to Advisory Board members named to the list.

Modern Healthcare has released its 13th 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 15,000 nominations submitted by readers, and 31,000-plus readers voted on those finalists. Readers' votes counted toward 50% of the outcome, and senior editors determined the final ranking.

President Obama tops the list

President Obama was named to the top spot on this year's list. According to Modern Healthcare, he received more than twice as many votes as any other individuals on the ballot.

The magazine notes that Obama was an important figure in health care over the past year as the industry struggled with the troubled rollout of the Affordable Care Act's (ACA) health insurance exchanges. Moreover, Obama will spend much of 2015 stopping ACA repeal attempts if the Republicans take the Senate in the midterm elections.

Other top policy makers on the list included:

    3. Sylvia Mathew Burwell, secretary of HHS
    5. Marilyn Tavenner, administrator of CMS
    17. Margaret Hamburg, commissioner of the FDA
    19. Carolyn Clancy, assistant deputy undersecretary for health at the VA
    20. Patrick Conway, deputy administrator for innovation and quality at CMS

See the list of the "Most Influential" from 2013

Hospital leaders on the list

The hospital leaders at the top of this year's list include:

    2. Bernard Tyson, president and CEO of Kaiser Permanente
    6. R. Milton Johnson, president and CEO of HCA
    9. Anthony Tersigni, president and CEO Ascension
    11. Kevin Lofton, CEO of Catholic Health Initiatives
    13. Trever Fetter, president and CEO of Tenet Healthcare
    14. Gary Gottlieb, president and CEO of Partners Healthcare
    15. Wayne Smith, chair and CEO of Community Health Systems
    16. John Noseworthy, president and CEO of Mayo Clinic
    18. Richard Gilfillan, president and CEO of CHE Trinity Health

Modern Healthcare notes that leaders focused on patient safety and quality improvements featured prominently on this year's list. "The quality agenda is front and center now," says Margaret O'Kane, president of the National Committee for Quality Assurance, adding, "When I started my career in quality, the quality people were in the doublewide trailer behind the hospital."

O'Kane is No. 55 on the list. Other quality leaders on the list include Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality Director Richard Kronick (No. 23), National Quality Forum CEO Christine Cassel (No. 25), and Johns Hopkins patient safety expert Peter Pronovost (No. 52) (Robeznieks [1], Modern Healthcare, 8/23 [subscription required]; Modern Healthcare, 8/23 [subscription required];  Robeznieks [2], Modern Healthcare, 8/23 [subscription required]; Modern Healthcare, 8/23).

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Lessons from the "Most Influential" people in health care

We've interviewed several of the honorees on this year's list of the "Most Influential" people in health care, including Ascension's Anthony Tersigni and Mayo Clinic's John Noseworthy. In our "Lessons from the C-suite" series, they share their thoughts on leadership and the future of health care. Hear from the prominent thinkers.

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