Views are mixed as to whether first lady Michelle Obama's "Let's Move" campaign has been effective in curbing childhood obesity, but it has at least changed the conversation about healthy eating.
Michelle Obama during her nearly eight years in the White House succeeded in changing the national conversation about diet and exercise, and gave a major boost to transparency about the foods we eat.
100 Most Influential People in Healthcare: Obama's historic achievements earn him third time as No. 1
In 2010 President Barack Obama achieved a goal that had eluded presidents going back to Harry S. Truman. But it damaged his presidency, and ever since, Obama and Democrats in Congress have fought off relentless maneuvers to repeal or undermine the Affordable Care Act.
Enduring influence is the central theme for many of the names atop this year's list, Modern Healthcare's 15th annual ranking. Coming in at No. 2 and No. 3 this year are CEOs of two of the nation's largest healthcare systems. The nation's payers are also well represented at the top.
Aetna's startling withdrawal from many Affordable Care Act exchanges has accelerated the search for ways to preserve competition in those markets.
Health centers are often the “canary in the coal mine” for emerging public health challenges. And in their role as community responders they have become innovators.
HHS Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell said she will divert federal funds to support efforts to develop a Zika vaccine.
Florida lawmakers have pushed for an emergency session, as have some Democrats in Connecticut and Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton's running mate, Sen. Tim Kaine of Virginia.
Don't hold your breath waiting for members of Congress to return to Washington to deal with the immediate public health threat posed by the Zika virus. That would require putting the public interest over politics, an approach gone missing in action during this poisonous election year.
The CMS announced a proposal last week to put three new episodes of care under mandatory experiments with bundled payments, potentially compelling hundreds of additional hospitals into becoming financially accountable for what happens to Medicare patients long after they leave the hospital.
Rulemakers in outgoing administrations usually end their tenures with a bang, not a whimper. President Barack Obama's appointees at the CMS are no exception.
The head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases said Friday that preparations for the second phase of vaccine testing may be impossible without more money, which will be difficult to obtain with Congress on a weeks-long break.