Public Health Law Blog Archive

Mar 2016

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Implementing the Affordable Care Act—Community Health Needs Assessments

posted on Thu, Mar 31 2016 9:12 am by Network for Public Health Law

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.

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Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Video Directly Observed Therapy Toolkit: Practice Guidelines and Legal Considerations

posted on Wed, Mar 30 2016 10:43 am by Brittney Crock Bauerly, J.D.

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.

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Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Medicaid and the “Free Care” Policy: Relief for Schools, Benefit for Kids

posted on Tue, Mar 15 2016 11:23 am by Sarah Somers

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.

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Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Federal Food Safety Regulation: The Catfish Conundrum

posted on Wed, Mar 9 2016 11:17 am by Mathew Swinburne

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.

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Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Travel Notices Issued Due to the Spread of Zika Virus

posted on Wed, Mar 2 2016 2:54 pm by Jennifer Bernstein and Leila Barraza

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.

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Biting Back: Controlling the Spread of Zika Virus Through Mosquito Abatement

posted on Wed, Mar 2 2016 2:19 pm by Alicia Corbett and Sarah Wetter

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.

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Tuesday, March 1, 2016

“Over the Counter” Naloxone Access, Explained

posted on Tue, Mar 1 2016 10:40 am by Corey Davis

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.”

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