When you call, does the person on the other end pick up immediately because it's you? When someone calls you, do you pick up the phone before the second ring because of whom the caller is? Who can beep you anytime, anywhere? Those questions are one proxy for measuring power, and in the healthcare industry there is no shortage of high-octane people making key decisions that can affect how healthcare services are delivered in this country.
Some use their power to make change. Others use it to preserve the status quo. Some use it to protect their own financial interests. Others use it to extend the reach of the delivery system to the poor and uninsured.
Who are the most powerful people in the healthcare industry? That's up to you, the readers of Modern Healthcare. For the first time, Modern Healthcare will rank the industry's 100 most powerful people.
Our editorial staff has put together a list of more than 100 candidates for this distinction, and the list will be posted on the magazine's Web site, modernhealthcare.com, on July 15. The candidates will come from all segments of the industry, including academia, hospitals, physicians, long-term care, specialty providers, health insurers, state and federal government, nursing, labor, health services research, philanthrophy, suppliers, vendors, consumers, consulting, legal, finance, medical technology, information technology, quality/service and purchasers/business.
Visitors to the site will vote for whom they believe are the 10 most powerful people in healthcare. Visitors also will be able to comment on their choices and vote for as many as five write-in candidates of their choice. The deadline for voting will be July 31. We will tabulate the results and publish the final ranking in the Aug. 26 issue of Modern Healthcare. Will you be on the list?
Our power source
The power of Modern Healthcare to reach readers comes from the strength of its editorial staff. We're making changes to make us even stronger.
First, we've promoted our Chicago-based reporter, Jeff Tieman, to chief of our Washington bureau, where he will team up with reporter Susanna Duff to cover the latest healthcare financial, regulatory and policy developments from our nation's capital.
During his two-year stint in Chicago, Tieman broke a number of major stories on his not-for-profit healthcare and human resources beats.
Tieman replaces Ed Lovern, who is returning to the field of hospital administration. Lovern joined us in 2000 from Borgess Health Alliance in Kalamazoo, Mich., where he was executive director of integration services. He's leaving Modern Healthcare to become vice president of Promina Health System in Atlanta.
To improve the operations of our copy desk, we've created a third full-time copy editing slot, promoting editorial assistant Kathleen Robson to the new position. Robson formerly was senior copy editor at BtoB, a sister publication of Modern Healthcare. Backing up the copy desk on a part-time basis will be our new editorial assistant, Julie Johnson. Johnson, a former copy editor at a sister publication, Advertising Age, also brings special projects and research experience to our editorial staff.
Tieman, Robson and Johnson are just three more reasons that Modern Healthcare is the must-read healthcare business news publication.