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Western Occupational Health Conference 2013, 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. Online registration is now open!

Make your hotel reservation by calling (808) 921-4611. Be sure to identify yourself with "WOEMA/WOHC" in order to receive the group rate of $250/night tax/resort fee.
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CME webinars — Free for WOEMA Members
WOEMA
In case you missed the latest webinar, you can view and listen to the presentation on the "Webinar" page of WOEMA website.

In the April 17 webinar, Dr. Judith Martin spoke on Opioids and the Pain/Addiction Interface.

CREDIT: WOEMA is accredited by the Institute of Medical Quality/California Medical Association to provide continuing medical education for physicians. WOEMA takes responsibility for the content, quality, and scientific integrity of this CME activity.

WOEMA designates this educational activity when combined with completion and submission of the online questionnaire, for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM. CME Certificates are issued and emailed to those who successfully participate and complete the online survey in order to receive CME credit.
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The Med Tech Corner with Dr. Dean Gean: Medscape has come to Android and Mac iOS — a portable office in your pocket.
WOEMA
The author David Brin has predicted that someday it will be malpractice for a doctor not to consult a computer — well, I know where to turn if this happens. Medscape has recently upgraded their apps for Android and Mac OS (iPad, iPhone, iPod). It is phenomenally useful for 'in the trenches' clinical doctors needing rapid access to credible medical information. The apps contain a rapid reference to medical guidelines (e.g., Ottawa foot rule for X-ray in ankle injury), procedures (ankle taping & bracing), medical calculators, a national pharmacy directory, and, my personal favorite, a fast and simple drug interaction checker (for those sweaty palm moments in the office).
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OSHA 'Spirometry Testing in Occupational Health Programs'
Occupational Safety and Health Administration
Occupational Safety and Health Administration — "Spirometry Testing in Occupational Health Programs — Best Practices for Healthcare Professionals". Download the PDF here.
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Education Committee Spotlight — Erik Won, DO, Chair
WOEMA
The WOEMA Education Committee seeks to serve its members by providing high quality, clinically relevant, continuing medical education. WOEMA maintains full accreditation by the Institute for Medical Quality and is constantly striving to improve and expand its program offerings. Our flagship CME event is the Western Occupational Health Conference, which will be held in Waikiki, Honolulu from Sept. 25-28. Our guest speakers and agenda for WOHC 2013 “The Spirit of Aloha” are truly outstanding, and it's sure to be an unforgettable experience in a gorgeous island setting. Please join us for fun, festivities, learning, and a great networking opportunity. We also provide six one-hour webinar CME sessions annually, which are available free as a benefit of your WOEMA membership. If you have any suggestions or recommendations for the WOEMA Education Committee, please don't hesitate to contact WOEMA. We would also like to extend an open invitation to any WOEMA members who are interested in becoming involved with the Education Committee to join our team.
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Physician turnover at all-time high
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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.

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Western Occupational Health Conference 2013 in Honolulu
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The math is quite simple:
Top quality education + networking with friends/colleagues + tropical setting = WOHC 2013.


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Study shows more women develop chronic low back pain, sciatica than men
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More women than men develop chronic low back pain and sciatica. The explanation may lie with a gene variant that plays into the body's pain regulation. "In our study we were surprised to discover that the same gene variant may actually promote chronic pain in women and suppress pain in men," says Professor Johannes Gjerstad, senior researcher at the Norwegian National Institute of Occupational Health.
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Purdue student's invention could improve workplace safety
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Industrial and government health and safety inspectors who check worksites for levels of physical, chemical and biological agents could find their work environments safer through an innovation developed by a Purdue University graduate student. Eric J. Ward, a master's degree candidate in the Purdue School of Health Sciences from Plymouth, Ind., developed vest prototypes that could help health and safety inspectors carry their testing equipment more easily and improve ease of use.
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Pro athletes fight limits on California workers' comp
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Former professional athletes who have battled countless injuries since they left the game recently criticized a bill in the state Legislature that would restrict players from collecting workers’ compensation benefits in California.
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Manufacturers awarded for efforts to protect workers' hearing
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A focus on mobile workers and the advanced use of metrics are among the achievements cited for the winners of hearing loss prevention awards. The awards come from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health and the National Hearing Conservation Association. They honor organizations that "have shown dedication to excellence in hearing loss prevention practices in the work environment and beyond," according a statement announcing the winners.
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Medical evidence indicating complaints before work accident foils benefits
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In Louisiana, evidence that a worker sought treatment for pain one month before the alleged work-related accident will make it difficult for the worker to show a causal relationship between the work incident and her injury.
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8 easy steps to conducting successful, stress-free payments
By Jan Keller
Money has a strong emotional tie for all of us. Discussing it, especially when you're the one asking to be paid for something, can be downright stressful. But it doesn't have to be that way. In fact, the best outcome — a "win/win" where both parties feel they have an agreement that is fair and reasonable — is absolutely achievable. In addition, communication regarding fees can actually help build trust in patient relationships, if done correctly. The process that leads to implementing this type of payment arrangement is a straightforward, eight-step process that covers all aspects of the payment arrangement system.
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