Dually Noted from around the web

March 4, 2016 § Leave a comment

Articles, commentary, research, and more from the past week

Mental health, HIPAA and families
Some healthcare professionals are concerned that HIPAA’s privacy protections often prevent family members of mental health patients from getting necessary medical information. Experts point out that some families need information to assist loved ones who have difficulty making decisions or have impaired judgment. In addition, some physicians aren’t clear about what information they can share with family members under the law. To help, some members of Congress have proposed laws to create exemptions to some of HIPAA’s privacy rules.

Community Catalyst on opioid abuse
On its blog, Community Catalyst weighs in on efforts to address the opioid abuse crisis. The group praises recent recommendations from the National Governor’s Association, including “increased access to medication-assisted treatment and the need to address neonatal abstinence syndrome and maternal substance use.” However, the group says that more should be done on screening and prevention, integrated treatment, recovery supports, and diversion from the criminal justice system.

A call for candidates to address disability issues
An essay on the Huffington Post by the president of Easter Seals calls on presidential candidates to take on the challenges facing people with disabilities. Among the key issues he feels the candidates should focus on are the high unemployment rates among the disabled and the need to provide additional support for the nation’s family caregivers.

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