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  • Member Spotlight: Brenda Fitzgerald

    Brenda C. Fitzgerald, MD, is commissioner and state health officer of the Georgia Department of Public Health, the state’s lead agency in preventing disease, promoting better health, and ensuring families have the resources they need to prepare for health emergencies. In addition, Fitzgerald directs the state’s 18 public health districts and 159 county health departments.

  • A Look at State Legislation Limiting Opioid Prescriptions

    Since last year, six states (Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, and Rhode Island) have enacted laws limiting initial prescriptions for opioids while two states (Delaware and Vermont) have used agency rulemaking to establish such limits. More states are considering the adoption of initial opioid prescription limits during the 2017 legislative sessions. The prescription limits are often set at a daily supply or are in morphine milligram equivalents (MMEs) with certain conditions and patients being exempt from the limits.

  • New CDC Regulations for Domestic and Foreign Travel

    On Feb. 21, CDC will implement newly revised rules for issuing federal public health orders (e.g., orders for quarantine, isolation, or conditional release) for both domestic and foreign travel. CDC revised the rules to improve and clarify its role in preventing the introduction, transmission, and spread of communicable diseases in the United States.