Since it began in 2005, 147 different individuals have appeared on the Modern Healthcare/Modern Physician list of the 50 Most Influential Physician Executives, but only one—Dr. Gary Gottlieb, president and CEO of Partners HealthCare, Boston—has made it on the list all eight years.
Gottlieb gave credit to the people who work at Partners for his placement on the list as well as to Partners' role in healthcare reform at the state and national levels.
According to Gottlieb, who finished 34th on this year's list, extending insurance coverage is what will allow payment reform, and this in turn will allow healthcare in the U.S. to move away from fee-for-service, and that will help move the industry "from an illness-care system to a healthcare system." A well-care system, though, might not be realized for a while, he said.
"I think we're a few cures and treatments away from that," said Gottlieb, whose highest appearance on the Most Influential Physician Executive list was No. 8 in 2009.