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California lawmaker wants 'rewards' not 'penalties' in workplace health programs
Capital Public Radio News
California lawmakers heard a bill recently that would prevent workplace wellness programs from charging workers more for health care if they don't meet certain goals.
Mayo Clinic: Kidney stones prove occupational hazard for surgeons
Health care professionals, especially physicians, who work in operating rooms, are at increased risk of developing kidney stones, a Mayo Clinic study has found.
Researchers surveyed more than 3,900 health care professionals at Mayo Clinic and found that nearly 11 percent had experienced kidney stones.
Antibiotics may help treat half of those with back pain
Danish researchers said almost half of cases of chronic lower back pain may be caused by bacteria and may be treated with antibiotics.
Researchers at the University of Southern Denmark conducted two studies. The Danish studies, published in the European Spinal Journal, found the presence of bacteria in 46 percent of patients suffering from chronic lower back pain following a slipped or herniated disc and many were treated with antibiotics.
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New initiative seeks to arm employees against injuries
Risk & Insurance
The Safe, Skilled, Ready Workforce Initiative was developed by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. While recognizing that employers are responsible for providing a safe, healthy workplace, the initiative puts the onus on many other institutions to help prepare people for work.
Education, business and labor, and health are the three pathways for promoting the initiative.
Physicians, lawmakers nearing consensus on doctor pay system, but cost remains issue
Physician groups and House lawmakers May 7 appeared to be getting closer to consensus on ways to reform Medicare's physician payment system, but lawmakers said finding money to pay for a new system remains a formidable challenge.
Physician groups testifying before the House Ways and Means Health Subcommittee urged Congress to adopt a new Medicare physician payment system that includes a five-year transition from the current payment formula and provides positive payment updates during that time while financially rewarding doctors for providing high-quality care.
Senator calls out White House for logjam in workplace safety rulemaking
In These Times
As workplace safety and health advocates figure out how to fix workplace safety regulations in the wake of the West, Texas explosion, they agree that one focus should be speeding the passage of new rules. Though the notoriously slow rulemaking process wasn't a factor in the West, Texas explosion, it has been the cause of numerous other workplace fatalities, and could delay efforts to prevent another tragedy like West.
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