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‘Travel-to-Treat’ Legislation Heads to President’s Desk for Signature
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Sunday, October 28, 2018 10:19 PM

The U.S. Senate passed by a vote of 93-6 legislation that ensures that sports health professionals traveling to another state with athletic teams remain covered by their malpractice insurance. The bill now advances to the president’s desk, where it is expected to be signed into law.

H.R. 302, the “Sports Medicine Licensure Clarity Act of 2018,” was amended to combine it with the 2018 Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Reauthorization Act of 2018, guaranteeing this important provision for athletic health professionals would become law.

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ACA and APTA Collaborate on Dry Needling Code
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Sunday, October 28, 2018 10:05 PM

Following a successful nine-year collaboration between the American Chiropractic Association (ACA) and the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), a new CPT® code for dry needling will likely be available to providers sometime in 2019.  Possibly placing the procedure undre the surgical section of the CPT.

ACA and APTA representatives appeared in September in Boston before the American Medical Association (AMA) CPT Panel, where they together presented an application for the dry needling code that was eventually accepted. Their partnership was formed in 2009, when representatives to the CPT panel for both groups agreed that a dry needling code describing a widely used procedure was needed to enable chiropractors and physical therapists to more accurately describe their services. 

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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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