• Health Reform and the Preservation of Confidential Health Care for Young Adults

      Center for Public Health Law Research (Temple University Beasley School of Law) (2014-03-25)
      A major issue facing the health of young adults is the often unintentional lack of confidentiality maintained in the provision of sensitive health services. Young adults who remain on their parents' health insurance plans may forgo sensitive services such as STD screening and treatment, family planning services and mental health treatment out of a concern that explanation of benefits will inform their parents, the policyholders. While the Affordable Care Act will grant more young adults access to health care services, ensuring confidential care remains a challenge whenever the parent and not the patient is the policyholder. In their Critical Opportunities presentation, Ryan Cramer and Lauren Slive suggest strengthening the HIPAA Privacy Rule by adopting the Health Information Technology and Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act. The HITECH provision allows patients to demand that confidentiality be maintained when services are paid for in full out-of-pocket.
    • Strengthening Injury Prevention in State Health Departments

      Center for Public Health Law Research (Temple University Beasley School of Law) (2014-03-25)
      Adoption of a model statute could help strengthen injury prevention explains Mel Kohn MD MPH, Public Health Director, Oregon Health Authority, in his Critical Opportunities presentation. This presentation was delivered at the 2012 APHA Annual Meeting.