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President Signs SUPPORT Act
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Sunday, October 28, 2018 09:51 PM

President Trump has signed the bipartisan bill, H.R. 6, the Substance use Disorder Prevention that Promotes Opioid Recovery and Treatment and Communities Act (SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act) into law. 

This extensive legislation aims to expand access to opioid alternatives for acute and chronic pain as well as substance abuse disorder (addiction) treatments and recovery options. Specific mandates are to include resources for greater access and improved research and information on the topic. 

Important Provisions in H.R. 6 include:

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Texas DSHS Receives $2.66 Million for Opioid Response
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Sunday, October 28, 2018 09:44 PM

The Texas Department of State Health Services has received $2.66 million to expand the state’s public health response to opioids over the next year.  The funds will improve DSHS’ ability to track opioid related illnesses and other conditions being seen in emergency rooms around Texas.

The grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will help local health departments and health care providers prevent overdose deaths, enhance the available data on opioid use in Texas, and expand the prescriber network for medication assisted treatment.

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Voter Fraud is Alive and Well
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Sunday, October 28, 2018 09:31 PM

Attorney General Ken Paxton  announced that four individuals were indicted on 30 felony counts of voter fraud and arrested following a lengthy investigation by the Election Fraud Unit of his office.

From 2005-2017, the attorney general’s office prosecuted 97 defendants for numerous voter fraud violations. This year alone, Attorney General Paxton’s Election Fraud Unit – with assistance from a criminal justice grant from the governor’s office – has prosecuted 33 defendants for a total of 97 election fraud violations.

An investigation into the Fort Worth voter fraud ring by the attorney general’s office determined that fraudulent applications were generated through forged signatures and by altering historical applications and resubmitting them without the knowledge of the voters. Harvesters also used deception to obtain signatures from voters. Many of the voters were forced to cancel their ballots in order to be able to vote in person, and some were forced into receiving primary ballots for the political party supported by the harvesters, though it was not the party the voters wanted to vote for.

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DWC Amends DD Procedures and Forms
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Sunday, October 28, 2018 09:23 PM

Commissioner of Workers’ Compensation, Cassie Brown adopted amendments to 28 Texas Administrative Code (TAC) Chapter 127, concerning designated doctor procedures and requirements. 

The amendments are designed to provide balance and transparency in the designated doctor assignment process, retain doctors qualified to perform examinations, ensure availability of doctors qualified to evaluate injured employees, clarify designated doctor qualification standards, and update certification requirements.  

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DWC Removes Pre-Auth for CARF WC and WH Services
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Sunday, October 28, 2018 09:15 PM

On October 11, 2018, Commissioner of Workers' Compensation Cassie Brown adopted amendments to 28 Texas Administrative Code (TAC) §134.600, Preauthorization, Concurrent Utilization Review, and Voluntary Certification of Health Care A courtesy copy of the adoption is available on the Texas Department of Insurance website at www.tdi.texas.gov/wc/rules/2018rules.html.  The amendments remove references to the preauthorization exemption for Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) accredited programs related to work conditioning (WC) and work hardening (WH) services. 

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