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Former WOEMA President re-elected to ACOEM Board
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As we announced in the last newsletter, Dr. Jim Seward was successful in his bid for re-election to the ACOEM Board of Directors for another three-year term. Dr. Seward is the Medical Director at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and holds appointments as a Clinical Professor both at UC San Francisco and UC Berkeley. We asked Dr. Seward to comment on his activities at the ACOEM Board:

"When I started with WOEMA I became the Education Committee Chair and organized the first Napa Western Occupational Health Conference. My goal was to make the WOHC a superb educational experience in a convivial environment. So, it was fitting that one of my assignments on the ACOEM Board has been to Chair the Council on Education and Academic Affairs. We have a full agenda, including overseeing the annual American Occupational Health Conference. ACOEM staff and AOHC Committee members work hard to assure that the meeting is of high educational quality and a good overall experience. Other new initiatives include the creation of a condensed curriculum in occupational medicine for physicians who are moving into the field, and the development of more distance-based learning opportunities.

As we are all aware the pipeline of medical students choosing occupational medicine as a specialty needs to grow. We are working on new strategies with the ACOEM Membership Committee and the Council of Residency Directors to find ways to engage more medical students in our field. I am always interested in hearing feedback and new ideas from members. Please feel free to contact me at Seward1@LLNL.gov."
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Western Occupational Health Conference 2013 in Honolulu
WOEMA
The math is quite simple:
Top quality education + networking with friends/colleagues + tropical setting = WOHC 2013.

Make your plans to attend the WOHC 2013 conference, Sept. 25-28 at the Sheraton Waikiki in Honolulu. The conference will pull together top faculty from across the nation to provide education that is unmatched, along with worksite tours, social activities and much more — right in the heart of Waikiki! For more information, visit us here.

You can book your hotel reservation by calling (808) 921-4611. Be sure to identify yourself with "WOEMA/WOHC" in order to secure the group rate of $250/night + tax/resort fee.
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Win a free registration to WOHC 2013 in Honolulu
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Yes, the eNews naming contest is still open and we are receiving numerous responses. This is your last month to enter! The prize ... a free registration to WOHC 2013 in breathtaking Honolulu!

We are searching for a unique and interesting name for our WOEMA electronic Newsletter, and empowering you to help us decide! Not a WOEMA/ACOEM member — that's OK you can still submit an entry. So get creative and click here to submit your recommendations!
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The Med Tech Corner with Dr. Dean Gean:
GoodRx.com — the lowest price for drugs at pharmacies closest to you

Constantine J. Gean, MD, MBA, MS, FACOEM
With 40 million new enrollees soon to be on the health insurance rolls, it's likely many will be "value shoppers," i.e., focused on the best price for care. One free phone app I recommend is called "Good Rx" which lets a patient instantly compare drug prices at multiple pharmacies from their smart phone (or from the GoodRx website). The app is very easy to use, and patients can use your script to search for the best drug price while still in your office.

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Suit accuses EPA of ignoring harmful pesticides
The Associated Press via ABC News
A federal judge is considering whether to dismiss a sweeping lawsuit claiming the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency allowed hundreds of pesticides to be used despite evidence of harmful effects on more than 200 endangered and threatened species.

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Win a free registration to WOHC 2013 in Honolulu
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To usher in our new electronic Newsletter, we are holding a contest. We are searching for a unique and interesting name for our WOEMA electronic Newsletter, and who better to ask than our members!

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WOEMA members in the national news
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WOEMA extends its most heartfelt congratulations to Dr. James Seward for his re-election to the ACOEM Board of Directors.

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INDUSTRY NEWS


Passing of torch at California Workers' Compensation Institute
Insurance Journal
Workers' compensation wonk Alex Swedlow will become the fourth president of the California Workers' Compensation Institute in 50 years following the announced retirement on of J. Michael Nolan as president of the group. Nolan's retirement is effective May 1. CWCI's board of directors named Swedlow, CWCI's executive vice president for research, as his successor.
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Suit accuses EPA of ignoring harmful pesticides
The Associated Press via ABC News
A federal judge is considering whether to dismiss a sweeping lawsuit claiming the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency allowed hundreds of pesticides to be used despite evidence of harmful effects on more than 200 endangered and threatened species. The Center for Biological Diversity and Pesticide Action Network North America allege the EPA has allowed the pesticide use without required consultations with federal agencies to study the impacts.
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Economist: Workers' comp not likely to feel impact of sequestration
Risk & Insurance
"In my opinion, the economic concern over sequestration is more hype than substance," said Harry Shuford, chief economist at NCCI. As Shuford pointed out, "once the deadline passed and the president signed the order, we saw a dramatic scaling back in the rhetoric." Overall spending reductions from sequestration are "relatively modest," he says. Defense is the sector with the most to lose.
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Value of MRI assessment in sciatica questioned
Medscape News
A new study casts doubt on the value of repeat spinal imaging when it comes to making clinical decisions for patients with sciatica. The report shows the presence of disk herniation on MRI at a one-year follow-up of patients with sciatica did not distinguish those with a favorable clinical outcome from those with persistent or recurring symptoms.
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Physician turnover at all-time high
Healthcare Finance News
Medical groups reported an average turnover rate of 6.8 percent in 2012, according to the annual Physician Retention Survey from Cejka Search and the American Medical Group Association, who released their findings March 18. The 2012 physician turnover rate rose from 6.5 percent in 2011. It was significantly higher than the lowest rate of 5.9 percent reported in 2009 at the depth of the recession, according to researchers, and exceeded 6.4 percent reported in 2005, the first year data was collected.
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Study concludes hypertension related to low wages
Risk & Insurance
Employers looking to reduce the incidence of hypertension among their workers may want to consider upping their wages. New research indicates low wages are a risk factor for hypertension among all working people.
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Report: Undocumented immigrants should be included in health care system
News-Medical.net
With comprehensive immigration reform a priority for President Barack Obama and gaining bipartisan and public support, there is a need and an opportunity to consider how the millions of undocumented immigrants should be integrated into our health care system, concludes a new report from The Hastings Center. The report is the executive summary of the findings of a Hastings Center project that explored ethical, legal, and policymaking challenges that arise when undocumented immigrants living in the United States need medical care.
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Aging California farm workers worry about the future of the agriculture industry
KGET-TV
Gloria Carillo grew up working in the fields and she sees fewer of the younger generations following in their parents' footsteps. "All of my children were born in the United States and decided to go work in the oil fields instead," explained Carillo to KGET news. "They make more money that way and the working conditions are a lot better." Many are choosing college or other jobs that pay much better, like Carillo's children who choose to work in the oil fields. But that is taking a toll on the California valley's biggest industries, especially when their parents start to retire.
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