Two familiar faces involved with Medicare have made the top 10 of Modern Healthcare’s 100 Most Influential People in Healthcare 2016.
After a year of healthcare news dominated by the implementation of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) and the shift from fee-for-service to value-based care, it is no wonder that HHS Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell came in at No. 5 and acting CMS Administrator Andy Slavitt came in at No. 10 in Modern Healthcare’s ranking of the 100 Most Influential People in Healthcare 2016.
Slavitt, who has an uncanny ability to break down complex regulations in terms you can understand and actually want to read, has tirelessly communicated the need for coordinated care and how Medicare expects it to be delivered. And Burwell, whose resume includes years working on some of the world’s most pressing challenges, from vaccinations to children’s health to agricultural development, has been a key driver in moving Medicare reimbursements toward alternative payment models. We are happy to see them recognized for their influence.
Topping this year’s list at No. 1 is President Barack Obama, whose name, as David May of Modern Healthcare wrote, “will be forever attached to the most significant expansion of health insurance coverage since the creation of Medicare and Medicaid in 1965.” It is his third time in the No. 1 spot.
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