From politicians and policymakers on both sides of the health care debate, to leading figures within the industry, to market disruptors intent on transforming delivery, there's no shortage of provocative people listed on Modern Healthcare's 100 Most Influential People in Healthcare 2019.

"If you are trying to make real, lasting, consequential changes to the healthcare system -- changes that will actually help patients -- you'll never make everyone happy," says this year's top ranked influencer: Seema Verma, administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

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Katie Kuehner-Hebert

Katie Kuehner-Hebert is a freelance writer based in Running Springs, Calif. She has more than three decades of journalism experience, with particular expertise in employee benefits and other human resource topics.