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Data Points: Wellness priorities

Data Points: Wellness priorities

By Modern Healthcare  |  March 18, 2017

Legislation before Congress encourages greater use of workplace wellness programs, but also gives employers the right to view employees' health information, which is raising privacy concerns. Critics also say these programs focus on the wrong issues.

Plans readied for boosting IT's role in public health reporting

By Joseph Conn  |  March 15, 2017

The Zika virus' spread to the United States motivated a federal initiative to better use health information technology in public health reporting. But an HHS task force is developing recommendations on health IT best practices for public health that will also address other disease outbreaks.

California considers taxing prescription opioids

By Steven Ross Johnson  |  March 03, 2017

California is looking to impose a surcharge on prescription opioids to fund treatment for addicts. The move in such a large state could have a ripple effect through the rest of the country dealing with spiking rates of overdoses.

Virginia governor signs bills aimed at stemming opioid epidemic

By Aurora Aguilar  |  February 25, 2017

Facing a growing opioid epidemic, Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe has signed bills that allow community organizations to dispense naloxone, an overdose-reversal drug and another measure that mandates all opioids be electronically prescribed by 2020.

Canceled CDC climate change conference revived, addresses public health concerns

By Steven Ross Johnson  |  February 16, 2017

A climate change conference canceled by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention over concerns it ran counter to positions held by the Trump administration took place with a different sponsor: Al Gore. The forum focused on how a rise in global temperatures is affecting people's health.

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