All eyes on fate of the Accountable Care Act

Nov. 14-Dec. 9

What do you believe is the top healthcare business or policy story for 2011?


Court battle over the constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act: (43.2%)

CMS release of the final regulations implementing the accountable care organization program: (16.3%)

CMS release of the final regulations implementing Medicare's value-based purchasing system: (9.2%)

Passage of the debt-ceiling law and the impact of the “supercommittee” on Medicare funding: (9.2%)

Passage of Vermont's single-payer bill: (4.8%)

Stock market fluctuations and their financial impact on healthcare providers and executives: (4.8%)

Data security breaches and HIPAA privacy enforcement: (4.1%)

CMS release of the final regulations requiring disclosure of insurance premium increases: (2.4%)

For-profit hospital chain acquisitions of Roman Catholic hospitals: (2%)

Highmark's proposed acquisition of West Penn Allegheny Health System: (0.3%)

Total respondents: 296



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