(photo credit: Modern Healthcare)

As 2013 comes to a close, it’s easy to look back and think of this past year a low point for the American healthcare industry: The government shutdown, the botched rollout of healthcare.gov, etc.

So you might be surprised to hear there were some legitimate healthcare “wins” in 2013 worth bragging about, such as Boston’s effective medical response to the marathon bombings in April.

As we enter the New Year, let’s take a look back at the some of the key moments in 2013…with a little help from the folks at Modern Healthcare.

One ‘win’ that was left off the timeline this year was the tenth anniversary of the passage of the Medicare Modernization Act (MMA) of 2003. This law allowed for the creation of Special Needs Plans (SNP); SNP is a distinct plan that serves people who are dually eligible for both Medicaid and Medicare.  Over the past ten years, SNP has been able to integrate better care for 9 million of our vulnerable seniors who qualify for the program.

Tell us, are there any other ‘wins’ that should be included?