At odds on re­form

Po­lit­i­cal forces spilt on govern­ment’s role; mag­a­zine wel­comes new re­porter

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The take­away from this year’s 100 Most In­flu­en­tial Peo­ple in Health­care re­sults is this: Health­care ex­ec­u­tives are as di­vided over the role of govern­ment in the pro­vi­sion of health ben­e­fits as is the gen­eral pop­u­la­tion. If you’re read­ing this page first, top­ping this year’s rank­ing of the 100 Most In­flu­en­tial is Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), the House bud­get com­mit­tee chair­man who wants to turn Medi­care into a voucher sys­tem and Med­i­caid into a state block grant pro­gram. Fin­ish­ing a close sec­ond is the Demo­cratic gov­er­nor from Ver­mont, Peter Shum­lin, who wants his state to con­vert to a govern­ment-run sin­gle-payer sys­tem. They’re 180 de­grees apart on health­care pol­icy, yet first and sec­ond on our 10th an­nual rank­ing of the in­dus­try’s movers and shak­ers. Per­haps the only thing they agree on is how im­por­tant it was to talk to Mod­ern Health­care for the story. Both found the time to chat with re­porter Andis Robeznieks for this is­sue’s cover story. Shum­lin also agreed to an exclusive pod­cast in­ter­view, which you can lis­ten to on our web­site, ModernHealth­care.com. Now that’s in­flu­ence.

Please join me in wel­com­ing Ashok Sel­vam to our award-winning editorial staff. Sel­vam, 33, comes to Mod­ern Health­care from the Daily Her­ald, a subur­ban Chicago daily news­pa­per where he cov­ered a va­ri­ety of top­ics, in­clud­ing health­care, for the past seven years. Sel­vam has a bach­e­lor’s of science de­gree in news­pa­per jour­nal­ism from Syra­cuse (N.Y.) Univer­sity. He will be cov­er­ing not-for-profit hos­pi­tals and sys­tems as well as man­age­ment and la­bor is­sues. He’ll also be cov­er­ing re­gional health­care busi­ness news in Illi­nois, In­di­ana, Ohio and Michi­gan. Sel­vam picks up the beats from re­porter Joe Carl­son, who moved over to the le­gal af­fairs beat af­ter Gregg Blesch was pro­moted to news ed­i­tor last year. You can reach Sel­vam di­rectly at 312-280-3130 or asel­vam@modernhealth­care.com, and fol­low him on Twit­ter @MH_a­sel­vam.

Think­ing about buy­ing a med­i­cal prac­tice? Or won­der­ing how to man­age the one you just bought? Then you should at­tend our Sept. 7 editorial we­b­cast, “Shopping for docs and find­ing the right fit.” Our pan­elists in­clude Dr. James Dan, pres­i­dent of the Ad­vo­cate Med­i­cal Group in Oak Brook, Ill., and Dr. T. Clif­ford Deveny, se­nior vice pres­i­dent of physi­cian prac­tice man­age­ment at Catholic Health Ini­tia­tives in Den­ver. Mod­er­ated by Roben­zieks, Dan and Deveny will of­fer their in­sights on such top­ics as how best to in­te­grate a newly ac­quired prac­tice in a health­care sys­tem and how to bench­mark the clin­i­cal and fi­nan­cial per­for­mance of newly ac­quired prac­tices. To reg­is­ter, please go to modernhealth­care.com/we­b­casts.

Fi­nally, we’re pleased to an­nounce that we’ve been hon­ored with 10 na­tional and re­gional editorial awards for jour­nal­is­tic ex­cel­lence by the Amer­i­can So­ci­ety of Busi­ness Pub­li­ca­tion Ed­i­tors. In a na­tion­wide com­pe­ti­tion that at­tracted more than 2,300 en­tries, Mod­ern Health­care gar­nered six na­tional awards: three Sil­ver Awards for Best Spe­cial Sup­ple­ment, Best Orig­i­nal Web Com­men­tary and Best Web News Sec­tion; two Bronze Awards for Best Fea­ture Se­ries and Best Trade Show/Con­fer­ence Cov­er­age; and one Top 10 Mag­a­zine of the Year honor. We also claimed four re­gional awards: three Gold Awards for Best News Anal­y­sis, Best Or­ga­ni­za­tion Pro­file and Best Spe­cial Sec­tion; and one Sil­ver Award for Best Fea­ture Ar­ti­cle. Just 10 more rea­sons why

Mod­ern Health­care’s print and dig­i­tal pub­li­ca­tions are the best-read health­care busi­ness pub­li­ca­tions in the in­dus­try. Thank you.

DAVID BURDA

Ed­i­tor

Sel­vam

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