Sequester. A government shutdown. A budget deal (really?). (need I say more?). Mega mergers. Insurers getting into the hospital business. Hospitals getting into the insurance business.

As events unfolded in front of us, we tried to do our best to put the day's news in context and provide you with solid analysis and, more importantly, news you can use.

I took a look at some of our commentary from 2013 and picked a few H&HN Daily pieces that I think merit a second look. They're good reading/viewing for your holiday break:

  • Scripps Health CEO Chris Van Gorder explains how the health system is transforming care delivery through a new management structure. Scripps' efforts could prove illustrative for the rest of the field.
  • Two of our star columnists take insightful looks at the move toward accountable care. Ian Morrison examines why some organizations pulled out of the Pioneer ACO. Meanwhile, Paul Keckley digs into the numbers and assesses how ready the field is to move toward shared risk.
  • As usual, Emily Friedman gave us something to think about in this essay on the difficult issue of end-of-life care.
  • With yesterday's announcement that New Orleans Health Commissioner Karen DeSalvo, M.D., has been tapped as the next national coordinator of health IT, it's worth revisiting our interview with her about revitalizing the Crescent City's health care infrastructure.
  • We can't end the year without saying another good-bye to longtime columnist David Ellis, who left our ranks as a regular contributor (but we expect him to make a guest appearance every so often).
  • Perhaps no H&HN Daily entry is more appropriate for this time of the year than this extremely moving video produced by the Cleveland Clinic and covered in a blog by Bill Santamour. It ranks as my favorite post of the year. The video is simple and elegent, yet delivers a powerful message.

And with that, the staff at H&HN would like to wish you all a happy and health New Year. H&HN Daily be on hiatus until Jan. 6, at which time we'll unveil a new look to our website and newsletter. It will be the same great content, but delivered in a more user-friendly and dynamic format.