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Last Updated: 1:45 PM EST


  • Yesterday Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton announced $15.2 million in combined Medicaid fraud settlements with a group of Dallas-Fort Worth area Medicaid rehabilitation therapy providers. Six individuals and four companies agreed to settle claims they violated the Texas Medicaid Fraud Prevention Act. (TexasAttorneyGeneral.gov)


  • Yesterday President Trump signed into law S. 204, the “Trickett Wendler, Frank Mongiello, Jordan McLinn, and Matthew Bellina Right to Try Act of 2017,” which authorizes certain patients to seek access to certain unapproved investigational drugs directly from a drug sponsor or manufacturer; limits the use of clinical outcomes and liability arising from the provision of such drugs; and provides reporting requirements for the use and outcomes of the new authority. (WhiteHouse.gov)


  • The Virginia Senate approved a Medicaid budget expansion in a narrow 23-17 vote yesterday. If the budget is passed, Virginia will become the 33rd state, along with Washington, D.C., to expand Medicaid under ObamaCare, and as many as 400,000 VA residents will be eligible for coverage.(TheHill.com)


  • The American Cancer Society released a new guideline yesterday recommending that people with an average risk of colorectal cancer start regular screening at age 45 rather than at 50, due to recent studies showing a rise in cases of the disease among younger individuals. (Cancer.org)

  • Yesterday the FDA launched an innovation challenge as part of the agency's ongoing efforts to combat the opioid crisis. The FDA hopes the challenge will spur the development of medical devices, including digital health technologies and diagnostic tests that could provide novel solutions to detecting, treating and preventing addiction, addressing diversion and treating pain. (FDA.gov)

  • A new progress report from the American Medical Association revealed that opioid prescriptions decreased by 55 million (22.2%) in the United States between 2013 and 2017. (End-Opioid-Epidemic.org)

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