California has Kaiser Permanente. Minnesota has the Mayo Clinic. Maryland’s strength is in federal agencies.
Four health care leaders in Maryland made Modern Healthcare’s annual list of the 100 most influential people in the industry. Three of them lead federal agencies based in the state.
Marilyn Tavenner, the administrator for the Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Services, came in fifth on the list. Tavenner was appointed in May to lead the Baltimore-based federal agency.
CMS is responsible for putting in place much of the federal Affordable Care Act and working out the kinks in the law’s many new regulations and rules. As administrator, Tavenner is leading those efforts.
Dr. Francis Collins, director of the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, came in at No. 73. Dr. Margaret Hamburg, commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in Silver Spring, is 45th on the list.
RoseAnn DeMoro, executive director of National Nurses United in Silver Spring, was ranked 35th. National Nurses United is the largest nurses union in the country, with 185,000 members.
Kathleen Sebelius, secretary of the federal Department of Health and Human Services topped this year’s list.
Modern Healthcare bases its rankings on leadership and impact. The list is decided by public voting and the organization’s editorial board.