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Susan DeVore, president and CEO of Premier, says if you want to fix healthcare, you have to start from the inside. That means improving the delivery of healthcare by collaborating and sharing information on everything from medical supplies to the latest treatments, she told Forbes. 

Calling the program overly stringent, four Pioneer accountable care organizations are ending their experimental venture into the higher risk and reward payment agreement with Medicare. They join the nine ACOs that exited the program last year. 

The cost of the federal health insurance exchange’s portal is now estimated to be more than $2 billion, according to an analysis by Bloomberg Government, reports The Hill. 

Everyone involved in health care that has access to controlled substances, whether they be a doctor or medical staff, should be subject to random drug tests opines Daniel R. Levinson, the inspector general for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Erika T. Broadhurst, the OIG special agent on a 2013 case involving a fentanyl addicted technologist who infected more than 40 people with Hepatitis C by replacing fentanyl needles he stole with his own dirty needles filled with saline.

The government's release of first-year cost-savings results for its accountable care organization (ACO) project and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Innovation Center delivery system reform pilot projects have drawn criticism from both the New York Times and the Washington Post, which published articles pointing out the problems with drawing conclusions from studies that are not true randomized controlled trials. In short, correlation is not causation, and the early results, while interesting, are not the same as proof that ACOs and new reimbursement methods like bundled payments actually deliver better care more cheaply. In a commentary, Bloomberg News summarized the controversy.

The New York Times Sunday Review notes that the health care sector has "repeatedly helped to pull the economy from recession in recent decades." However, in this recession's recovery, the health care sector has not been of much help. Health care spending is growing more slowly than the economy and health care employment is also lagging.