At odds on reform
Political forces spilt on government’s role; magazine welcomes new reporter
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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
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