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Texas allows rural hospitals to use telemedicine to qualify as level IV trauma centers

The closure of a number of rural hospitals in recent years has raised questions about rural Texans’ access to critical medical services. HB 871 by Price, signed by the governor on May 28 and effective September 1, will allow rural healthcare facilities, after … Continue reading

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State and national policymakers respond to opioid crisis

Since the mid-1990s, opioid abuse and addiction have proliferated in communities across Texas and the nation, burdening individuals, families, first responders, hospitals, and the child welfare and criminal justice systems. In October 2017, the president declared the opioid crisis a … Continue reading

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New law requires freestanding emergency centers to post health insurance information

A law enacted in 2017 by the 85th Texas Legislature, HB 3276 by Oliverson, requires a freestanding emergency medical care facility to list all health insurance plans for which the facility is a participating provider. These facilities, which have become more … Continue reading

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Texas may consider telemedicine legislation

The growing use of telemedicine by Texas consumers is raising questions for the state about how best to regulate it. Telemedicine has been used in Texas since the 1980s, mostly to treat patients in hard-to-reach locations such as rural areas, … Continue reading

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FDA bans sale of e-cigarettes to minors

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) finalized a rule last week that extends the agency’s authority to additional products, including e-cigarettes. As part of its new rule, the FDA is prohibiting the sale of e-cigarettes to minors, a step the 84th Texas … Continue reading

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