Thursday, March 31, 2016
A Q&A with Gene Matthews, Director of the Network’s Southeastern Region Office, on community health needs assessment (CHNA) efforts in North Carolina, and the challenges faced by hospitals, local health departments and community partners.
Wednesday, March 30, 2016
There is growing interest among local health departments to utilize video directly observed therapy (VDOT) in treating tuberculosis. A recently released VDOT toolkit, containing practice guidelines and information on reimbursement law and other legal issues, may help health departments interested in implementing VDOT.
Tuesday, March 15, 2016
For years, a federal policy prevented Medicaid reimbursement for many services provided in schools, making it a lot harder for schools with limited financial resources to make necessary health care available for kids. But in 2014, the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) reversed the policy blocking reimbursement, which means that schools should be able to provide many more necessary check-ups and treatments to kids who need them.
Wednesday, March 9, 2016
The USDA recently took over the FDA's responsibility for inspection of domestic and imported catfish. Proponents of the change argue that it will improve food safety. Opponents think economics is the catalyst; a beleaguered domestic catfish industry seeking protection from foreign competition.
Wednesday, March 2, 2016
The Zika virus is a mosquito-transmitted infection that is “spreading explosively” across Caribbean, South and Central American countries since an initial outbreak occurred last May in Brazil. Due to the serious health consequences of Zika virus to pregnant women and their unborn babies, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued an Alert Level 2 travel notice recommending special precautions for pregnant women and women who are trying to become pregnant.
On February 1, 2016, the World Health Organization declared a public health emergency of international concern related to Zika virus. With no existing cure or vaccine, vector control is currently the primary method of preventing Zika transmission.
Tuesday, March 1, 2016
Media reports, public figures, and press releases reporting on efforts to increase access to naloxone often state that it is now available in certain jurisdictions or pharmacy chains “over the counter” or “without a prescription.” While the idea behind this reporting is correct, it’s important to note that the actual terms being used are not. Although there are a wide variety of steps that states, localities, and private businesses can take to increase access to naloxone, they cannot make it available “over the counter” or “without a prescription.”