HHS Brief Shows Medicaid Expansion States Actually Increased Access to Care

States that expanded Medicaid saw significant dips in their uninsured rates as their residents gained additional access to primary care and prescription medication, according to a new data brief from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The data is culled from about two dozen studies, both from the federal government and private research journals and organizations such as Health Affairs and the New England Journal of Medicine. Full Story

As Feds Announce Historic Fraud Haul, OIG Report Signals Need for Further Investigations

Beginning Monday at 6 a.m., federal authorities started serving warrants on 61 healthcare practitioners who stand accused of bilking Medicare and Medicaid for more than $900 million, about $150 million of which was traced back to the five-state jurisdiction of the Dallas branch of the Office of Inspector General. It’s the largest sweep in the seven-year history of the Medicare Fraud Strike Force, and it almost certainly won’t be the last. Full Story

Theranos, the Battered Diagnostic Startup, Has a Dallas Tie: Real Estate Magnate Craig Hall

Craig Hall’s decades-long real estate career has been propelled by calculated risks. Some have paid off, others haven’t. But the developer knows when to answer the phone. And one day in October 2006, a college dropout who helmed what would soon be billed as the Apple of medicine wanted his ear. Full Story

PediaQ Raises $4.5M for Expansion of On-Demand Healthcare Service

Dallas home healthcare startup PediaQ has raised $4.5 million in bridge round of funding that will help expand its footprint and the services within its mobile application.

With the new funding, all of which came from Texas investors, the company plans to make its on-demand pediatric house calls available to communities including Rockwall, Heath, and Mansfield. In fall, it plans to launch in Austin, which will mark the company’s third market. It entered Houston earlier this year. The funding also will help fuel PediaQ’s video consultation services, which launched across DFW and Houston this month. Full Story