What was the top news story in the first half of 2010?

May 28 to July 6

What do you consider to be the biggest healthcare story so far this year?


Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act passes: 408 votes (56%)

Congress' ongoing struggles to fix physician pay: 97 votes (13%)

Information technology implementation under the stimulus law: 72 votes (10%)

Insurers draw fire over premium hikes, rescissions: 35 votes (5%)

For-profit chains acquiring not-for-profits: 29 votes (4%)

Battle over choice of Donald Berwick to head CMS: 26 votes (4%)

Providers forming accountable care organizations: 24 votes (3%)

HCA announces plans to go public again: 19 votes (3%)

Radiation overdoses in diagnostic, medical testing: 16 votes (2%)

FASB plan to standardize charity-care reporting: 7 votes (1%)

Note: Percentages do not add up to 100 because of rounding.

Total respondents: 733