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$1B Telemedicine Fraud Scheme Alleged
Written by Editor   
Tuesday, October 16, 2018 12:35 PM

Telemedicine is a growing area of medical fraud concern.  Federal prosecutors have announced that seven companies and four men are facing charges, accused of roles in a $1 billion telemedicine fraud scheme that deceived tens of thousands of patients and more than 100 doctors. 

Six Florida companies, a Houston firm and four Florida men are named in a 32-count indictment charging them with conspiracy to commit health care fraud, introducing misbranded drugs into interstate commerce and mail fraud.

According to prosecutors, this group created an “elaborate” scheme in which telemedicine firm HealthRight LLC fraudulently solicited insurance information and prescriptions from customers nationwide for pain creams and similar products.

Over 30 Retractions of Cardiac Stem Cell Research
Written by Editor   
Tuesday, October 16, 2018 12:24 PM

Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women’s Hospital have recommended that 31 papers from a former lab director who studied cardiac stem cells be retracted from medical journals.  The data “included falsified and/or fabricated data,” according to a statement to Retraction Watch and STAT from the two institutions.

This doctor “practically invented the field of cardiac stem cell therapy when he first reported that cardiac cells were capable of regeneration,” it has been reported.  He  published at least 55 papers that listed Harvard as an affiliation. He has received several commendations, including a research achievement award from the American Heart Association, which in 2004 also named him a “distinguished scientist.”

Government Mulls Ways to Increase numbers of Primary Care Doctors
Written by Chris Dalrymple D.C., F.I.C.C.   
Tuesday, October 16, 2018 11:23 AM

The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) notes that there is a primary care shortage that should be addressed before it becomes acute.  This report notes that although the absolute number of primary care physicians billing Medicare increased from 169,640 in 2011 to 184,905 in 2016, the ratio of primary care doctors to beneficiaries decreased, from 3.8 per 1,000 beneficiaries in 2011 to 3.5 in 2016, and a similar trend also occurred in other specialties. 

TBCE to Renumber Board Rules
Written by Editor   
Thursday, October 11, 2018 04:40 PM

Effective November 1, 2018, the numbering and names of some of the Board's rules will be different when you access them in the Texas Administrative Code. This is being done to better organize our rules and to make it easier for you to find the specific information you're looking for.

It is important to know that while some of the numbering and names of the rules are changing, none of the actual text of the rules themselves will change; that requires the Board to use the formal rulemaking process. These are housekeeping moves only. To see what the changes will be ahead of time, click on the following link: View Rule Transfer.

Gov. Greg Abbott Proclaims October 2018 "Chiropractic Health Month"
Written by Editor   
Tuesday, October 09, 2018 07:55 AM

The Texas Chiropractic Association (TCA) is pleased to announce that Gov. Greg Abbott has signed a declaration proclaiming October 2018 as “Chiropractic Health Month.”

“As many Texans and Americans know, pain is a part of many health-related issues from genetic conditions to injuries. Pain is an important public health problem and a major reason why people seek medical care. Chronic pain negatively impacts many aspects of a person’s life as well as the lives of pain sufferers’ families and caregivers,” said Gov. Abbott in the proclamation.

“Though this public health issue is incredibly daunting and complex, Texas chiropractors are dedicated to treating pain effectively and safely as highly skilled professionals. Doctors of Chiropractic concentrate on disorders of the musculoskeletal system and the nervous system, and the effects of these disorders on general health. As physician-level providers, chiropractors employ conservative, drug-free approaches to health care and pain management. Focusing on, but not limited to, back pain, neck pain, pain in the joints of the arms or legs and headaches, chiropractors’ approach to these conditions can save the public from physical and financial tolls. As a first line of defense against pain, chiropractors’ services can also help individuals heal naturally without the need for drugs or surgery.”

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