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The Mayo study raises concerns about too much consolidation of influence in the boardroom, rather than with those whose expertise is at the bedside. (Photo: Shutterstock)

An annual ranking of the most influential people in health care has sharply tilted toward CEO’s in recent years, a new study said, as the number of academics and advocates on the list has decreased significantly.

The analysis, published in Mayo Clinic Proceedings, looked at another publication: Modern Healthcare, and its yearly rankings of the 100 most-influential people in U.S. health care. The study by Mayo researchers noted that the widely quoted rankings have a relatively opaque selection process—making it more difficult for power players to game the rankings.

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