Folks in the health care industry say 2012 is a "tactical year" because of the overwhelming list of priorities and the need to carefully allocate resources with which to accomplish them.

Yet, despite the challenges facing the industry—such as complying with specific provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and trying to anticipate what regulatory modifications may be on the horizon—survey results reveal that many payer organizations remain surprisingly optimistic about the future.

This information comes from a report based on information gathered from a survey of 61 responding health plans, from The Managed Care Executive Group and HTMS, an Emdeon company.

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