Public Health Law Blog Archive

Apr 2014

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Naloxone in the News

posted on Wed, Apr 30 2014 1:22 pm by Corey Davis

More cities and states are expanding access to naloxone, a drug that can reverse the effects of an opioid overdose. From new laws that allow more responders to administer the drug, to the distribution of naloxone kits, reports indicate that the medication is becoming a widely known, and accepted, antidote for drug overdose.

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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Spotlight on Heroin Epidemic Leaves Many Victims in the Dark

posted on Thu, Apr 17 2014 12:00 am by Cristina Meneses

Drug addiction and related deaths are needless and heartbreaking in any community, yet these issues have faced communities of color for decades. The current spotlight on heroin overdose illustrates the ongoing need to address health disparities.

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Thursday, April 10, 2014

HIPAA Privacy Questions Answered

posted on Thu, Apr 10 2014 3:18 pm by The Network National Coordinating Center

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) protects the privacy of individually identifiable health information and sets national standards to ensure the security of electronic health data. For public health agencies and health care providers, ensuring compliance with HIPAA rules can be daunting. In this Q&A, Network Attorney Jennifer Bernstein addresses a number of grey areas in HIPAA privacy.

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Friday, April 4, 2014

The ABCs of Restaurant Inspections: Online Disclosure and Grading Systems

posted on Fri, Apr 4 2014 2:02 pm by Andy Baker-White

Inspecting restaurants to ensure food safety is a well-known practice and responsibility of public health agencies. Many health departments and local governments have implemented grading systems for restaurant inspections, and have made these grades available to the public -- but do theĀ grading systems help increase food safety?

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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Coverage for Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services: Improved Equity, But Gaps Remain

posted on Wed, Apr 2 2014 11:58 am by Elizabeth Edwards

Historically, services for mental health and substance use disorder have not been covered by most insurance plans. Two significant pieces of legislation have worked to reduce this inequity.

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