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.

Health plans available to small businesses in health insurance exchanges are on average about 7 percent cheaper than comparable plans offered elsewhere, reports The Washington Post.

The Affordable Care Act, and its push to reign in healthcare spending, is catalyzing a new wave of telemedicine ventures.

The Accountable Care Act is fueling positive changes in healthcare, as it pushes the industry toward EHRs, analytics and preventative care. This movement is improving patients’ health and care delivery while lowering costs, former Coordinator for Health IT Farzad Mostashari, MD, MSc, wrote in an editorial in the New York Times.

Philips is merging its healthcare and consumer goods assets into one operation called Healthcare, reports Bloomberg. Together, these assets are valued at $19 billion. 

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.