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Once again, ad­min­is­tra­tion of­fi­cials and mem­bers of Congress top the 100 Most Pow­er­ful as the roll­out of re­form dom­i­nates the di­a­logue

Modern Healthcare - - Late News - In an ex­clu­sive in­ter­view, Mod­ern Health­care re­porter Re­becca Ve­sely talks with Drew Altman, pres­i­dent and CEO of the Kaiser Fam­ily Foun­da­tion. Altman, a peren­nial on Mod­ern Health­care’s 100 Most Pow­er­ful rank­ings, dis­cusses changes he’s seen and challe

As the cogs be­gin turn­ing to make health re­form a re­al­ity, who wields the most power? Our read­ers put pol­i­cy­mak­ers in Washington at the top of our rank­ing of the 100 Most Pow­er­ful Peo­ple in Health­care. The Pa­tient Pro­tec­tion and Af­ford­able Care Act is a “great first step ... but it re­ally is only a first step. It sets us up to get into a whole body of work on chang­ing the care de­liv­ery sys­tem,” says Scott Arm­strong of Group Health Co­op­er­a­tive in Seat­tle, who de­buted at No. 38.

This year, call it “reg­u­la­tion dom­i­na­tion.”

Mod­ern Health­care’s ninth an­nual rank­ing of the 100 Most Pow­er­ful Peo­ple in Health­care— as de­cided by the mag­a­zine’s read­ers—is topped with peo­ple who are spear­head­ing im­ple­men­ta­tion of the sweep­ing new health­care re­form law and press­ing for­ward with other big reg­u­la­tory changes.

Pres­i­dent Barack Obama leads the pack, fol­lowed by HHS Sec­re­tary Kath­leen Se­be­lius and lead­ing mem­bers of Congress. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Sen. Max Bau­cus of Mon­tana, both Democrats, come in at Nos. 3 and 4, re­spec­tively.

Also high on the list are ex­ec­u­tives run­ning large not-for-profit health sys­tems, in­clud­ing Sis­ter Carol Kee­han, Sis­ter Mary Jean Ryan and Joel Al­li­son.

A few names might be switched around if vot­ing were held to­day as op­posed to sev­eral months ago. Peter Orszag came in at No. 6 on the list, but the 41-year-old econ­o­mist stepped down from his in­flu­en­tial post as White House bud­get di­rec­tor on July 30.

LIS­TEN To an in­ter­view with one of the 100 Most Pow­er­ful Peo­ple at modernhealth­care.com/pod­casts VIEW A slideshow of the 100 Most Pow­er­ful Peo­ple at modernhealth­care.com/100most­pow­er­ful-gallery

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Barack Obama

Pres­i­dent of the United States

Pres­i­dent Barack Obama signs the rec­on­cil­i­a­tion bill amend­ing the Pa­tient Pro­tec­tion and Af­ford­able Care Act.

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