Public Health Law Blog Archive

Sep 2014

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Impact of Supreme Court Decision on HIPAA Privacy Rule and Same-Sex Spouses

posted on Tue, Sep 30 2014 3:11 pm by Andy Baker-White

Last year, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in United States v. Windsor that same-sex couples be treated the same as married opposite-sex couples when it comes to federal benefits. In addition to changing the coverage for certain employee benefit plans, the ruling impacts the application of many federal laws, including the HIPAA Privacy Rule.

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Legal Developments Increase Access to Drug Overdose Prevention and Treatment

posted on Tue, Sep 30 2014 1:12 pm by Corey Davis

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) recently announced a long-awaited regulatory change that would permit people to return unwanted prescription drugs to pharmacies. Under current law, such drugs can be returned only to law enforcement entities.

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Monday, September 15, 2014

Examining the Use of Research Evidence in Policymaking for Childhood Obesity Prevention

posted on Mon, Sep 15 2014 12:27 pm by Sarah Gollust

Over the past 10 years, public health researchers have produced an enormous amount of policy-relevant research evidence about childhood obesity. But how much of this evidence is actually reaching state decision-makers responsible for crafting policies? A Minnesota research team set out to find the answer.

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Thursday, September 11, 2014

The Long and Winding Road: The FDA’s Proposed Sanitary Food Transport Regulations

posted on Thu, Sep 11 2014 11:08 am by Mathew Swinburne

The safe handling of food during transport is a critical component of the food system in the United States, and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) this year published proposed sanitary food transportation standards.

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