AAFP President Jeff Cain, M.D., of Denver, has been named one of Modern Healthcare's Top 100 Most Influential People in Healthcare(www.modernhealthcare.com). The award "honors individuals in health care who are deemed by their peers and an expert panel to be the most influential individuals in the industry, in terms of leadership and impact," according to the publication.
"I'm both honored and humbled to be included among the leaders of America's health care system," said Cain in a press release from the AAFP. "This recognition acknowledges the growing understanding that primary care physicians are the foundation for ensuring that everyone has access to high-quality care as our health care system evolves. I've been fortunate to serve as president of the AAFP and to advocate for our patients as this change begins to take place."
Cain joined the list in the No. 78 position, and is among 15 newcomers to the list. In 2009, (then) AAFP President Ted Epperly, M.D., of Boise, Idaho, was named to Modern Healthcare's list of the Top 100 Most Powerful People in Healthcare in the No. 84 position. Cain is among 29 other physicians on the list, many of whom serve in governmental positions or as heads of group health systems.
According to Modern Healthcare nearly 28,000 submissions were made for the list. The final top 300 candidates then were voted on by 238,000 readers, which accounted for 50 percent of the final score. Voting by Modern Healthcare editors accounted for the other 50 percent of the final score.