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Big data can offer insight on patients’ diagnoses and possible complications in a way that is much less costly and time-consuming than clinical trials, reports New York Times Magazine.

Veterans have been waiting three months or longer for initial physician appointments during a time when the healthcare ecosystem outside the Department of Veteran Affairs struggles to fill beds and open slots.

Entering year two, HealthCare.gov continues to evolve. The sign-up portal soon will allow customers to “window shop” for health plans prior to starting the enrollment process, reports Bloomberg.

Facebook may venture into the healthcare field.

Research shows that value-oriented payment systems are on the rise, with 40 cents of every healthcare dollar now tied in some way to value—up from only 11 cents one year ago, according to Forbes.

Nashville’s next big thing may be healthcare data mining, reports The Tennessean.

Republicans continue to cite HealthCare.gov’s rocky launch when making the case against the Affordable Care Act, reports the Washington Post.

Judge Ronald White of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Oklahoma has ruled that the Affordable Care Act does not authorize federal exchanges to issue premium tax credits, reports Health Affairs.

With reimbursement penalties starting up on Oct. 1 for providers who fail to adequately share patient data, many physicians are reporting struggles with exchanging health data between disparate EHR systems, reports The New York Times.

A new task force formed by Concerned Veterans for America is calling for a complete revamping of the way veterans receive medical care, reports USA Today.

Healthcare reform is about reducing waste and increasing the focus on prevention and high quality care. But at the end of the day, will it make people healthier? “Probably not, unless individuals, families and communities begin dealing with the multiple impediments to health in our daily lives and change their behavior accordingly,” wrote Alice M. Rivlin in a Brookings Institution brief.

Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, hospitals will spend $5.6 billion less on uncompensated hospital care, according to Health & Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell, reports USA Today.