2011 headlines and news roundup;

We'd be remiss if we didn't mention a few of the most popular news articles we published in 2011:

> Release of the final ACO rule. Article

> Senate probe of Aetna, Cigna, United Healthcare, Quest, LapCorp for alleged billion-dollar fraud. Article

> Healthcare jobs bounded back to pre-recession numbers. Article

> A growing preoccupation with patient-satisfaction scores. Article

> A link between lower readmission rates and better transitional care. Article

> News of one of the largest-ever Medicare fraud takedowns. Article

> A more urgent call for stract protocols related to patient data collection and dissemination. Interview

> The struggle to get physicians to embrace -- and use -- electronic health records. Interview