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WOEMA Webinar: Respiratory Impairment and Disability
John R. Balmes, MD
To Air Wednesday, April 29, 2015 at 12:00pm PST

Chronic respiratory disease due to cigarette smoke and occupational or environmental exposures is a leading cause of disability worldwide. Physicians thus are not uncommonly asked to evaluate the impact of such disease on a patient’s daily activities, including those in the workplace. However, many physicians avoid formal assessment of respiratory impairment and disability for various reasons, including lack of such training during residency or fellowship; fear and poor understanding of legal/administrative systems; confusion about various compensation systems; a mistaken notion that those who seek impairment assistance are malingerers; and concern that clinical time will be uncompensated. Webinar participants will gain the ability to conduct an accurate formal assessment.

Click here to register online or visit the WOEMA Webinar webpage for more information.
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The Med Tech Corner with Dr. Dean Gean

OSHA Heat Safety Tool – this is one HOT app!

Periodically you see our regulators do something exactly correct and it actually makes you tingle a little. I got this feeling recently when a Safety professional showed me the OSHA Heat Safety Tool, from the US Dept. of Labor. This very simple-to-use app has you put the temperature in one box, and the humidity in another. The App allows workers and supervisors to calculate the heat index for their worksite, and, based on the heat index, displays a risk level to outdoor workers. Your smartphone can even get weather data directly from NOAA based on your current location (the DOL notes that this data, “…is only used to generate data to transmit to the user and is not retransmitted to OSHA…”).
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WOEMA - Growing our Organization
WOEMA
Our members are the lifeblood of WOEMA. This is the time when we work with ACOEM to make sure that we them in the organization. More importantly this is a good time to reach out to people that we know, who would benefit by becoming WOEMA members. There’s an active membership committee that works on accomplishing those goals. In the end everyone in WOEMA as part of our membership committee. I ask each of you to think about the occupational and environmental health professionals that you work with. Who might want to join our family? How about talking to them about WOEMA? Now is a great time to let them know about our next conference in Tucson.

As your new membership committee chair, I look forward to all the input and assistance you can offer. We could also use additional committee members. So help to grow our organization. Join in the effort to bring in new lifeblood. I look forward to hearing from you.

Regards,
Troy Ross, MD, MPH, WOEMA Membership Chair
Email: NVOccDoc@gmail.com
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National Press Club Presentations Available

Update: "Integrated Care: Breaking Down the Workers Compensation and General Health Care Silos" presentations from January 28th talk at the National Press Club in Washington DC have been posted. Click here to download presentations from:
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INDUSTRY NEWS


Top 10 Benefits of Return to Work Programs
The National Law Review
According to the Occupational Health and Safety Administration, 4.1 million U.S. employees experience work-related injuries or illnesses each year and 1.12 million of those employees lose work days as a result. With the average employee missing eight days per injury, even a minor injury can create a domino effect. As soon as a worker is able, it is in everyone's best interest to return him or her to work in some capacity.
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Study: Costs Vary Widely for Hospital Outpatient Surgeries
Risk & Insurance
States that use percent-of-charge-based fee regulations or have no fixed fee schedules are paying a bundle for common hospital outpatient surgeries, suggests a new study. States with cost-to-charge ratio fee regulations or fixed fee schedules see lower payments and slower growth of increased payments compared to other states. The Massachusetts-based Workers Compensation Research Institute compared hospital outpatient costs for the most commonly used outpatient surgeries in workers' comp for 33 states to develop its fourth Hospital Outpatient Cost Index for Workers' Compensation.
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6 Words You'll Hear a Lot in ACA Hearings
Workforce
It seems like we've been at these crossroads before. It was 2012, and the U.S. Supreme Court was hearing arguments in a case regarding the individual mandate, the initial litmus test to the constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
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Abuse-Deterrent Opioids Prevent Users From Intensifying High
Forbes
The rise in opioid-related deaths has many in the medical community outraged over practitioners prescribing opioids for chronic pain. Some, mainly those in pain management, believe this practice is justified. Others claim there are better alternatives. Pharmaceutical companies, on the other hand, are taking a shot at the opioid epidemic by promoting opioids with abuse-deterrent properties.
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