A Look Back at 2010’s Top Healthcare Stories

Wednesday, December 29th, 2010
This post was written by Patricia Donovan

Without a doubt, the March 2010 passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) — a.k.a. healthcare reform — was the biggest healthcare story of the year. The effect of the November midterm elections on this legislation, its ability to withstand dozens of legal challenges and its continued rollout and implementation will be among the stories we’ll monitor for you in the year ahead.

But in this second annual “Best Of” issue of the Healthcare Business Weekly Update, we present the stories that resonated most with you, our readers. Our top story of the year was one that ran only two weeks ago: 5 Key Trends That Will Shape Healthcare. (It must have been those glucose-monitoring tattoos.) To this list I add an innovation lauded in the New York Times 10th annual Year In Ideas issue: taking your pulse by webcam.

Our other top stories covered the United States’ dismal ranking in healthcare quality as well as standout efforts to curb readmissions, improve medication adherence and employ a case manager to more closely and efficiently coordinate care.

The staff of the Healthcare Intelligence Network and the Weekly Update wish you, your colleagues and your families a healthy, peaceful and profitable 2011.

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