Special report: Health reform winners and losers

Although the dust has settled from the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling on health reform, stakeholders still face uncertainty over implementation.

To gauge the potential impact on those moving forward with implementing the new law, editors at FierceHealthcare, FierceHealthIT and our sister publications, FiercePharma and FierceMedicalDevices, have created a special report on how the high court's ruling is making its mark on several industries.

For hospitals, the ruling had mixed reviews. For example, hospital stocks were huge winners following the Supreme Court decision, evidenced by Hospital Corporation of America going up 11 percent in trading on the New York Stock Exchange and Community Health Systems up 8 percent in trading on Nasdaq.

However, hospital emergency rooms didn't fare so well under health reform. Already overcrowded ERs are bracing for an influx of patients as health reform provisions kick in, which will further strain resources and staff.

Medicaid expansion, a big change included in the ruling, has left hospitals and providers wondering if millions of low-income and disabled patients will join the program's ranks. Whether states plan to expand Medicaid or choose to opt out, hospitals will face financial burdens.

Check out how healthcare reform will affect other areas of healthcare, including pharma companies, health IT and payers, in the reform winners and losers slideshow.