Verma Tops Modern Healthcare's 100 Most Influential List

Meanwhile, AHIP's Matt Eyles jumped from 96th last year to 23rd this year
Robert Calandra

Last year Matt Eyles barely made Modern Healthcare’s annual list of the 100 Most Influential People in Healthcare, coming in at 96. Still, not bad for a guy who had been on the job as AHIP’s president and CEO for a couple of months.

AHIP CEO Matt Eyles

This year Eyles jumped all the way up to Michael Jordan spot, 23, one behind Envision Healthcare’s Christopher Holden and one ahead of Bernie Sanders. That’s a nice touch by the listmakers, because Sanders’ Medicare for All legislation is anathema to insurers and AHIP.

CMS Administrator Seema Verma tops the magazine’s list, far outranking her boss, HHS Secretary Alex Azar, who came in at 18. Might that further inflame their feud?

It was a sad reminder to see Bernard Tyson ranked second. Tyson died in November at age 60.

It was noticeable that four of the top 10 slots were retailers: Jeff Bezos (3), CVS CEO Larry Merlo (5), CVS Executive VP Karen Lynch (6), and Walmart Senior VP Sean Slovenski (7).

Elizabeth Warren (8) and President Trump (9) were the only elected officials who made the top 10.

Rod Hochman, president and CEO of the 51-hospital Providence health care system,  was ranked fourth.