Network Report

5/14/15

 

Report: Survey of How Medicaid Managed Care Contracts Address Children’s Hearing and Vision Services

An estimated 25 percent of all school children in the United States have some type of vision problem significant enough to affect daily life and school performance. Similarly, despite the proliferation of hospital-based newborn hearing screening programs, a significant number of children with possible hearing loss are not receiving prompt diagnosis and treatment. Children enrolled in Medicaid are entitled to a comprehensive array of preventive and ameliorative care through the Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnostic and Treatment (EPSDT) benefit. As states have increasingly turned to managed care entities (MCEs) to fulfill their Medicaid administration obligations, these companies are charged with affirmative duties to ensure children receive EPSDT benefits. A new report surveys the contracts governing states’ relationships with MCEs to document the extent to which the contracts address children’s hearing and vision services and how these services are monitored.

View the EPSDT Vision and Hearing Services Report.

Law and Policy Perspectives

Data from Clinical Trials Could Benefit from Additional Transparency

The vast majority of existing data that assesses the effectiveness and safety of drugs, biologics, and medical devices has never been shared with the public in any fashion. The disclosure of detailed clinical trial data would allow independent researchers to review and verify a product’s safety and efficacy, both good and bad.

Learn more about current barriers to transparency in clinical trial data.

New Mexico’s Motorcycle Helmet Legislation: Defining Individual Choice in Public Health

A proposed motorcycle helmet law in New Mexico would allow motorcyclists the choice of not having to wear a helmet if they paid a fee of $692 when registering their motorcycle. Proponents of the law sought to strike a balance between individual liberties and protecting the public’s health; opponents felt the law was discriminatory towards motorcyclists.

More on New Mexico’s proposed motorcycle helmet law.

New Resource: Sports Related Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and Return-to-Learn

All 50 states and the District of Columbia now have some form of youth sports-related TBI law. All of the state laws contain provisions about returning an athlete to the playing field, but very few state laws address returning to academics after concussion. This issue brief examines the health risks associated with youth sports related TBIs and summarizes current return-to-learn provisions in seven states.

View/download the resource.

Ask the Experts

Drunk Driving Laws: A Maryland Case Study

The Network was recently contacted by a requester in Maryland who wanted to know if there had been any significant legislative changes to the Maryland Drunk Driving Reduction Act since its passage in 2011, or whether there had been other legislative changes in the state relevant to the issue of drunk driving. The Network researched the issue and found several instances where Maryland’s laws have changed.

Learn about changes to Maryland’s DUI laws.

Public Health Law Research: Distracted Driving Laws

With the spread of smart phones, GPS devices and other wireless technologies, there has been a steady increase in the number of injuries and deaths related to distracted drivers in recent years. An updated LawAtlas Map displays distracted driving laws from January 1, 1996 to May 1, 2015.

View Distracted Driving Laws Map.

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