Celebrate 35 Years with Modern Healthcare

The Big Impact Tournament

Welcome to Modern Healthcare's 35th Anniversary "Big Impact" Tournament. Modeled after the famed NCAA men's basketball championship tournament, our tournament revealed the person, event, organization or innovation that you, the reader, felt had the biggest impact on healthcare over the past 35 years.

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The Tournament Wrap-Up

The Big Impact Tournament Winner

According to our readers, and by a nearly 3-to-1 margin, this winner of The Big Impact Tournament was the one person, event, organization or innovation that had the biggest impact on the healthcare delivery system over the past 35 years.

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Big Impact Tournament Poster

Do you like The Big Impact Tournament question mark? We do, too. So much so that we made an 11"x17" poster out of it.

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Tournament Contestants

You can learn more about each of the Tournament Contestants in each of the four “regions” by clicking on the link for that person, organization, event or innovation below.

1President Barack Obama
Passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care ActCMS
Electronic health records
2Sen. Edward "Ted" KennedyRelease of the Institute of Medicine's
"To Err is Human" report
HHS' Office of the National Coordinator for Information Technology
New models of Integrated delivery systems
3Donald Berwick
The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act's "meaningful use" IT subsidy program
Centers for Disease Control and
Clinical and financial performance transparency
4Gail Warden
Creation of the Medicare Part D prescription drug program
Food and Drug Administration
Patient-safety advocacy
5Rep. Fortney "Pete" Stark
Passage of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act
Kaiser Permanente
New models of managed care
6C. Everett Koop
AHERF bankruptcy
National Committee for Quality Assurance
Bundled payments
7John Wennberg
Creation of Medicare Prospective Pricing System for hospital care
Intermountain Healthcare
Robotic surgery
8Jack Kevorkian
Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks
Institute for Healthcare Improvement
Minimally invasive surgery
9Leonard Abramson
Passage of the Emergency
Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act
National Quality Forum
Advent of biotechnology and genomics
10Carol Keehan
Failure of the Clinton healthcare reform plan
Columbia/HCA Healthcare Corp.
Disease management
11Daniel Callahan
The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act's comparative-effectiveness research initiative
America's Health Insurance Plans
12Sen. Chuck Grassley
Creation of the State Children's Health Insurance Program
Service Employees International Union
Hospice care
13Newt Gingrich
Use of the False Claims Act to beef up Medicare fraud enforcement
HIMSSRetail clinics
14Paul Ellwood Jr.
Allowing Blue Cross and Blue Shield plans to convert to for-profit status
National Business Group on Health
Group purchasing and supply chain management
15Rick Scott
The fall of Columbia/HCA Healthcare Corp.
MD Anderson Cancer Center
Advancements in imaging technology
16Richard ScrushyPassage of the California Natural Death Act
National Association of Insurance Commissioners
Physician practice acquisitions

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