Public Health Law Blog Archive

Oct 2015

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Healthcare Personnel and Flu Vaccines: Current Policies and Legal Challenges

posted on Wed, Oct 28 2015 12:16 pm by Andy Baker-White

As we approach the end of October many of us are reminded about seasonal influenza. There are many ways to avoid the flu and prevent its spread including getting the flu vaccine. Many hospitals and health systems now require healthcare personnel (e.g., nurses, physicians) to get a seasonal flu vaccine. These policies are a way to increase healthcare personnel vaccination rates, but legal challenges to these policies are not uncommon.

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Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Straight Talk on Guns and the Public’s Health: Florida’s Firearm Owners Privacy Act

posted on Wed, Oct 21 2015 3:06 pm by Matthew Saria and James G. Hodge Jr.

For years, doctors and other health care workers (HCWs) have recognized the value of having discussions with their patients on the risks associated with guns in the home and workplace. In Florida, however, the abilities of HCWs to counsel patients on gun safety have been restricted in favor of individual privacy interests. 

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Thursday, October 15, 2015

The 5th Vital Sign & America’s Painkiller Epidemic

posted on Thu, Oct 15 2015 11:53 am by Will Humble

The U.S. healthcare system has become much more aggressive in treating pain over the last 15 years. Just as with any medical intervention, there have been side-effects, and the U.S. is in the middle of an epidemic of painkiller misuse and abuse that’s killing large numbers of people. In fact, misuse and abuse of opiate prescription painkillers takes out more people every year than car crashes.

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Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Lali’s Law Improves Naloxone Access and Expands Insurance Coverage for Substance Use Disorder Services in Illinois

posted on Wed, Oct 14 2015 11:18 am by Derek Carr

On September 9, the Illinois General Assembly took an important step in reversing the opioid epidemic by passing Lali’s Law, a comprehensive reform bill that takes a holistic approach in addressing the opioid epidemic. Two of the most important changes made by the law involve increased access to the opioid antidote naloxone and insurance reforms to expand coverage for naloxone and substance use disorder (SUD) treatment.

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Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Proposed Changes to the Common Rule Could Streamline Public Health Surveillance

posted on Tue, Oct 6 2015 3:28 pm by Jennifer Bernstein

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and 15 other Federal Departments and Agencies recently proposed changes to the Common Rule — a federal rule that protects study participants in federally sponsored research programs and safeguards protected health information. The proposed changes could have profound effects on public health activities and research.

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