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Power 50 health care: 40-31 Merge ahead

Barry Rabner (6)

He was applauded last year for opening the Plainsboro hospital but the Princeton Health Care System CEO has had trouble unloading the old Princeton hospital as a developer has encountered obstacles trying to convert it to housing. An industry insider also questioned if Rabner has a good plan for Plainsboro. “It's a one-trick pony.”

Joel Cantor (NR)

Everyone will want to talk to this guy in 2013 as they prepare for health insurance exchanges and other changes from the Affordable Care Act. Cantor, the director of the Center for State Health Policy, is a national expert on health care coverage, financing and delivery.

Wardell Sanders (41)

If you are a health insurer, you want the president of New Jersey Association of Health Plans making your case. "One of the smartest lobbyists in Trenton, where insurance companies seem to fare quite well, especially at DOBI" is how one insider sums it up.

Paul Katz (18)

His shining achievement last year was the opening of Cooper Medical School at Rowan University, where he is founding dean. Expect Katz's medical school to be involved as the new college of health sciences is established in Camden as part of the realignment of Rowan and Rutgers.

David Knowlton (38)

Knowlton is the one holding hospitals' feet to the fire in the quest for quality. The president and CEO of New Jersey Health Care Quality Institute knows his stuff from decades of experience in health care, including his work as chair of the national Leapfrog Group board.

Jeffrey Brenner (36)

One of the better known names on the list, in part because he has appeared on CNN. But the executive director of Camden Coalition of Healthcare Providers is much more than a sound bite in making ACOs succeed in that city. "He continues to be the guy that people look to."

David Kostinas (34)

A leading consultant hired by for-profit entities moving into the New Jersey hospital scene, Kostinas "knows everyone and gets in the middle of every major New Jersey health care deal," according to a source. Expect him to play a role as for-profit companies keep eyeing New Jersey as fertile ground.

Annette Catino (20)

"A force to reckoned with" is what one insider calls the CEO of QualCare. The insurer continues to grow, with a planned partnership with Freelancers Co-Op of New Jersey announced last year. Freelancers will be a nonprofit health plan to be funded by federal loans via the Affordable Care Act.

Christine Stearns (35)

As businesses begin facing the reality of implementation of the Affordable Care Act, Stearns will be a voice advocating for them. The New Jersey Business & Industry Association vice president continues to be a well-respected voice on health care issues.

Mark Manigan (29)

Respected by both Republicans and Democrats, the partner at Brach Eichler continues to successfully battle anti-health care provider legislation. He also reportedly remains a rainmaker in closing deals at the law firm that represents health care providers.

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