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In Memoriam - Anne Searcy, MD
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The WOEMA family was shocked and saddened to learn of the sudden passing of Dr. Anne Searcy in late December 2014.

For those who had the good fortune to know and work with Anne, her loss is deeply felt. Anne possessed a rare combination of caring and of keen analytical ability, of humility and of strength, of serious intent and of good humor.

She was one of the few experienced clinical OEM physicians to successfully navigate the corridors of government, delving deep into the inner workings of the system to improve it by her efforts. Among other achievements, by marshalling the implementation of Evidence Based Medicine into the California workers’ compensation system during her tenure as Medical Director of the Division of Workers’ Compensation she made huge strides toward a more rational framework of practice for us all.

It is one thing to list a person’s accomplishments and experiences; but those who had the privilege of working by Anne’s side as a clinical colleague or with the WOEMA Legislative Committee, or in many other settings, already feel the loss of her insight, wise counsel and calm determination by our side. She will be dearly missed. Our hearts go out to her family with our deepest condolences.

— Bob Blink, MD, MPH, FACOEM, WOEMA First Vice President & Legislative Committee Chair
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WOEMA's New California Workers' Comp Survey Needs You!
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If you provide services in the California workers’ comp system, WOEMA needs your input! After the implementation of SB 863 in the past 2 years, many WOEMA members have seen significant impact on their practice. Further adjustments may be afoot; in order to best understand how we can have positive impact on the system as it evolves, YOUR INPUT is critical. Please click on this link and take 5-10 minutes to answer a few questions. WOEMA’s Legislative Committee is coordinating the information gathered with other physician groups and will then present recommendations to the DWC.
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Congratulations to Paul Papanek, MD, MPH, FACOEM on his newly elected Director post to the ACOEM Board (term 2015-2018).
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Dr. Papanek is Public Health Medical Officer with the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA) Medical Unit in Torrance, Calif. He received his MD from the University of California at San Diego, and his MPH from University of California at Los Angeles. Dr. Papanek is certified by the ABPM in occupational medicine. He is a member of the Western component.

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Save The Date!
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Western Occupational Health Conference

Loews Ventana Canyon, Tucson, Arizona
September 24 -26, 2015

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The Med Tech Corner with Dr. Dean Gean

Smartphone Clinometer equal/better to Goniometer for shoulder in small clinical trial.

Sometimes the simplest things are best, and finding an App that does one thing really well can be really useful. An inexpensive smartphone digital clinometer application (app), the Clinometer, was studied at the U. of VA* to measure shoulder range of motion compared to the ‘gold standard’, a goniometer. This study showed the smartphone Clinometer to be an accurate and reliable measurement of shoulder range of motion (ROM) with very high correlation coefficients for agreement and interobserver reliability.
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Breakthrough on Chronic Pain
Harvard Gazette
For the first time, scientists have found evidence of neuroinflammation in key regions of the brains of patients with chronic pain, according to a new study from Massachusetts General Hospital, a Harvard affiliate.

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Hydrocodone Reclassification Compounds Some Patients' Pain
Las Vegas Review-Journal
Minutes into a conversation, Diane Heilmann rearranges the pillows on her sofa and changes positions gingerly. She's not concerned about appearances.

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Americans are shortchanging sleep for work
The Washington Post
More than one third of American adults report getting less than 7 hours of sleep on weekdays, and many of them try to sleep extra-long on weekends to make up for it.

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'Wellness or else': Employers shift more health care costs to workers with incentives
Duluth News Tribune
U.S. companies are increasingly penalizing workers who decline to join wellness programs, embracing an element of President Barack Obama’s health care law that has raised questions about fairness in the workplace. Beginning in 2014, the law raised the financial incentives that employers are allowed to offer workers for participating in workplace wellness programs and achieving results. The incentives, which big business lobbied for, can be either rewards or penalties — up to 30 percent of health insurance premiums, deductibles and other costs, and even more if the programs target smoking.
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Breakthrough on Chronic Pain
Harvard Gazette
For the first time, scientists have found evidence of neuroinflammation in key regions of the brains of patients with chronic pain, according to a new study from Massachusetts General Hospital, a Harvard affiliate. By showing that levels of an inflammation-linked protein are elevated in regions known to be involved in the transmission of pain, the study paves the way for the exploration of potential new treatment strategies.
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Commonwealth Fund: Workers Spending More on Health Care
California Healthline
Employees' average spending on health insurance premiums and deductibles in 2013 represented 9.6% of the median U.S. household income, up from 8.4% in 2010 and 5.3% in 2003, according to a Commonwealth Fund report released Wednesday, the Los Angeles Times reports (Levey, Los Angeles Times, 1/7).
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NIH: New Standards May Lead to Better Low Back Pain Research
Pain Medicine News
New recommended standards for low back pain clinical research hold promise for more consistently designed research and, ultimately, better treatments, according to the National Institutes of Health. The standards were developed by the NIH's Task Force on Research Standards for Chronic Low-Back Pain and published in several journals (complete list below). According to the Institutes of Medicine, LBP affects 38 percent of the U.S. population.
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