Category: Federal


CDC Vital Signs Report Details Naloxone Access, Calls for Increasing Access in Rural Areas

This month’s edition of Vital Signs from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) details access to naloxone, the life-saving medication used to reverse the effects of an opioid overdose. Specifically, the report examines naloxone access from pharmacists and other healthcare providers without a prescription under a standing order. Naloxone dispensing has increased…

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NACCHO Issues Report on LHD Opioid Use Prevention and Response Activities

The National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) recently released a report, “Local Health Department Approaches to Opioid Use Prevention and Response: An Environmental Scan.” The report examines the critical role of LHDs in opioid use disorder-related programming and services throughout the country. By surveying nearly 200 LHDs, the report creates a foundational…

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NASEM Publishes Report on Healthy People 2030 Leading Health Indicator Criteria Selection

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) recently published the report, “Criteria for Selecting the Leading Health Indicators (LHIs) for Healthy People 2030.” The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health has charged NASEM to convene an ad hoc committee to assist in the development of…

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U.S. Drug Overdose Deaths Drop for First Time Since 1990

New provisional data released on Wednesday from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) indicate an approximate five percent drop in total drug overdose deaths in 2018, the first decline in deaths since 1990. While the figures are subject to slight adjustments based on the finalization of data from the CDC, federal public…

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Trump Issues Executive Order on Health Care Cost Transparency

On Monday, President Donald Trump signed an executive order on health care price transparency, seeking to require health insurance companies, providers, and hospitals to give patients more information on the cost of health services before utilizing them. The executive order directs the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, among other agencies, to propose regulations…

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CDC Vital Signs Examines Maternal Mortality

This month, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Vital Signs publication examined pregnancy-related deaths in the U.S. According to the CDC, about 700 women die each year from complications of pregnancy, finding that about a third of deaths occurred during pregnancy, a third occurred at delivery or in the week after, and…

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HHS Seeks Input on STD Federal Action Plan

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of HIV/AIDS and Infectious Disease Policy (OHAIDP) is seeking input on the development of an inaugural federal action plan for STD prevention, diagnosis, care, and treatment designed to meet specified goals to improve outcomes and employ strategies that maximize long-term population impact. Public health practitioners,…

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