Read­ers pick the top sto­ries of 2011—and the win­ner by a land­slide is ...

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Read­ers’ picks for the top sto­ries of 2011 re­vealed

If you’re a reg­u­lar reader of this page, you know we’re al­ways telling you what we think. But to­day, you’re telling us what you think—at least when it comes to the big­gest health­care sto­ries of the past year. From Nov. 14 through Dec. 9, we asked our read­ers to vote for one of 10 sto­ries se­lected by our editorial staff as mak­ing the big­gest health­care busi­ness and pol­icy head­lines in 2011. We also asked read­ers to sug­gest sto­ries that didn’t make our list of 10. By a wide mar­gin, the nearly 300 read­ers who took the poll voted the court bat­tle over the le­gal­ity of the Pa­tient Pro­tec­tion and Af­ford­able Care Act as the big­gest story of the year. A dis­tant sec­ond and third, re­spec­tively, were other key com­po­nents of the con­tro­ver­sial health­care re­form law: fi­nal reg­u­la­tions im­ple­ment­ing Medi­care’s ac­count­able care or­ga­ni­za­tion pro­gram and fi­nal reg­u­la­tions im­ple­ment­ing Medi­care’s value-based pur­chas­ing sys­tem. We’ll be dis­cussing these sto­ries and more in an up­com­ing spe­cial year-in-re­view video fea­ture to be posted on our web­site, Modern­health­care.com. Both the reader poll and year-in­re­view video fea­ture are spon­sored by Stryker, the Kala­ma­zoo, Mich.based med­i­cal tech­nol­ogy com­pany. Per editorial pol­icy, spon­sors are not in­volved in the de­vel­op­ment or pub­li­ca­tion of editorial con­tent. Thank you for fol­low­ing all of our cov­er­age of the in­dus­try this past year, and we look for­ward to serv­ing all your news and in­for­ma­tion needs again in 2012. Court bat­tle over the con­sti­tu­tion­al­ity of the Pa­tient Pro­tec­tion and Af­ford­able Care Act CMS re­lease of fi­nal reg­u­la­tions im­ple­ment­ing the ac­count­able care or­ga­ni­za­tion pro­gram CMS re­lease of the fi­nal reg­u­la­tions im­ple­ment­ing Medi­care’s value- based pur­chas­ing sys­tem Pas­sage of the debt- ceil­ing law and the im­pact of the su­per-com­mit­tee on Medi­care fund­ing Pas­sage of Ver­mont’s sin­gle- payer sys­tem Stock mar­ket fluc­tu­a­tions and their fi­nan­cial im­pact on health­care providers and ex­ec­u­tives Data se­cu­rity breaches and HIPAA pri­vacy en­force­ment Other* CMS re­lease of the fi­nal reg­u­la­tions re­quir­ing dis­clo­sure of in­sur­ance premium in­creases For- profit hos­pi­tal chain ac­qui­si­tions of Ro­man Catholic hos­pi­tals High­mark’s pro­posed ac­qui­si­tion of West Penn Al­legheny Health Sys­tem

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