It was a year of tough, protracted battles. Squabbles over patient-protection legislation preoccupied Congress. Providers fought tirelessly for relief from the demonized Balanced Budget Act of 1997. Meanwhile, whistleblower lawsuits involving charges of Medicare fraud continued to work their way through the courts. Several high-profile mergers unraveled. And all year long providers were saying enough is enough as they pulled the plug on money-losing HMOs. Following are some of the other highlights of the year in healthcare.
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