If you liked 2004, a busy and tumultuous year, you must have loved 2005. It began with providers responding to an international disaster and ended with the mop-up of a domestic catastrophe. Sandwiched between were lots of little misfortunes, with a sprinkling of good news to keep healthcare professionals from running for the exits.
For 2005, Modern Healthcare readers polled its readers on what they viewed as the most important stories of the year. More than 200 people responded to the online survey. Their picks offer a good measure of the year. The top five choices, ranked by number of votes, appear on this page.
Here is a month-by-month look at those stories and other major developments covered by Modern Healthcare in the past year.
HOW THE READERS SAW IT
The top stories of 2005
1. The Gulf Coast hurricanes? impact on healthcare
2. The Medicare prescription-drug benefit
3. The uninsured and access to care
4. Pay-for-performance demonstrations
5. The Richard Scrushy acquittal
Source: Modern Healthcare online survey; based on votes by 211 respondents