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The trends and news behind this year's list

By David May  |  August 20, 2016

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.

Why a Chinese billionaire is now the biggest investor in CHS

By Dave Barkholz  |  August 20, 2016

Tianqiao Chen, through affiliate Shanda Media, announced last Monday that he had accumulated 11.3 million shares of CHS, or 9.9% of common shares. Then he added another 88,000 CHS shares days later to make it an even 10%.

Late News

CDC revises guidance for babies at risk for Zika

By Steven Ross Johnson  |  August 20, 2016

The CDC says providers should conduct testing for congenital Zika infection for infants whose mothers have tested positive for Zika, as well as for babies who show signs of congenital infection.

The Week Ahead

Zika funds, mental health on the table when Congress returns

By Shannon Muchmore  |  August 20, 2016

HHS Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell said this month that the agency was reluctantly moving more than $80 million from other areas of research into efforts to develop a vaccine. Lawmakers made several attempts to pass funding before they left for summer break. Democrats blocked one bill because it...

Health center conference will focus on getting right mix of providers

By Harris Meyer  |  August 20, 2016

Speakers such as Dr. Karen DeSalvo, HHS' acting assistant secretary of health, will discuss how innovative care models such as patient-centered medical homes will drive which types of healthcare professionals are most needed to serve the clinics' low-income patients.

Regional News

It's a struggle to find docs under Calif. aid-in-dying law

By Harris Meyer  |  August 20, 2016

A San Diego woman's harrowing account of her aunt's death last month under California's new physician aid-in-dying law suggests that healthcare providers still have a long way to go to make the process work smoothly for terminally ill patients.

News

Zika outbreak puts focus on abortion access

By Steven Ross Johnson  |  August 20, 2016

Some policymakers and anti-abortion activists have already rallied against easing or increasing access to abortion, and experts say the arrival of Zika in the U.S. during an election year makes it nearly impossible to have a conversation about abortion as a medical decision.

Insurers can make money in the exchanges. Just ask Kaiser.

By Bob Herman  |  August 20, 2016

Kaiser Permanente, the $61 billion system that includes health plans, hospitals and medical groups, is “absolutely” sticking with the exchanges over the long term, Kaiser CEO Bernard Tyson told Modern Healthcare last week.

Why a Chinese billionaire is now the biggest investor in CHS

By Dave Barkholz  |  August 20, 2016

Tianqiao Chen, through affiliate Shanda Media, announced last Monday that he had accumulated 11.3 million shares of CHS, or 9.9% of common shares. Then he added another 88,000 CHS shares days later to make it an even 10%.

Cover Story

The trends and news behind this year's list

By David May  |  August 20, 2016

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.

Features
Editorial

Editorial: FLOTUS—the healthcare influential we forgot

By Merrill Goozner  |  August 20, 2016

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.

Guest Commentary
Letters
Innovations

Innovations: Startup's liquid biopsies match cancer patients with trials

By Erica Teichert  |  August 20, 2016

Guardant Health, based in Redwood City, Calif., developed a liquid biopsy blood test that has helped match cancer patients with clinical trials and treatment options without costly or invasive biopsies. CEO and co-founder Helmy Eltoukhy calls it a “game changer” for oncology.

Q&A
By the Numbers

Management consultants, 2016 (Full Excel spreadsheet)

August 20, 2016

A list of the nation's 44 largest healthcare management consulting firms, includes the full details from every question on Modern Healthcare's 11th annual Management Consultant Firms Survey. Firms ranked by 2015 revenue from total healthcare consulting fees. Source: Published Aug. 22, 2016, p. 42.

News Makers
Data Points

Data Points for Aug. 22, 2016

By Modern Healthcare  |  August 20, 2016

Data Points for the week of Aug. 22, 2016, covered the following topics: Obesity rates, healthcare costs of obesity, increase in average American's weight since 1960.

Outliers

Rio Olympics get plugged in with EHR for everyone at games

By Modern Healthcare  |  August 20, 2016

GE Healthcare, an official sponsor of the games, provided medical equipment to this year's event along with a key piece of healthcare IT—its Centricity Practice Solution EHR and practice-management system. It was the first time all athletes at the Olympics had their health records managed on...

Olympian takes drive, passion back to St. Luke's Health

By Modern Healthcare  |  August 20, 2016

Her day job is director of community health at St. Luke's Health System's West Region in Idaho. But cyclist Kristin Armstrong won a place in Olympic history in Rio, joining speedskater Bonnie Blair as the only American women to win three gold medals in the same event at any Olympics, grabbing her...

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