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CME Webinars — Free for WOEMA Members
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The upcoming webinar will be held on Aug. 28 — Dr. Mary Townsend will be speaking on "Spirometry Testing in Occupational Health Programs: OSHA Best Practices for Healthcare Professionals." Visit the WOEMA webinar calendar for more information.

Registration is required for this meeting.

Webinar Description:
Occupational spirometry testing is often performed to comply with OSHA regulations and industry requirements. However, the technical quality of such testing is often mediocre, producing inaccurate results, and the interpretation of test results often fails to follow best practice guidelines. To address both of these problems, OSHA has recently released a Guidance Document on Spirometry Testing in Occupational Health Programs: Best Practices for Healthcare Professionals. OSHA was strongly influenced by ACOEM's 2011 Spirometry Update. This session summarizes key points of the OSHA guidance to familiarize occupational medicine practitioners with this new reference.

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For more information, please visit the WOEMA website.
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The Med Tech Corner with Dr. Dean Gean
WOEMA
Medical translation app — Talk to your patients in their language!

Translation has been likened to viewing a tapestry from the wrong side where the exact pattern is obscured–health professionals who speak only a single language can likely relate to this. An easy to use translation application ('app') for iPhone, iPad and iPod is communicates real-time medical history questions and examination questions for non- English speaking patients. Containing a library of over 2,000 queries and instructions, this app displays English (or Spanish) phrases which, when tapped, are read aloud by the device. All of the questions are either (1) 'yes/no' format, (2) require gestures (e.g. holding up a fingers to quantify), or (3) need an input on your device (e.g. scrolling to a date to indicate date of birth, LMP, etc.)
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Do You Hear That?
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It's the Hawaiian tropics calling you to WOHC 2013, Sept. 25-28 at the Sheraton Hotel in Waikiki. This year's Western Occupational Health Conference — The Spirit of Aloha offers up to 32 hours of CME and MOC credit, comprised of plenary and post graduate sessions to deliver essential knowledge, core competencies and improved outcomes.

Pre-Conference programming include:
  • Commercial Driver Medical Examiner Course (Wednesday)
  • Worksite tour: Military Naval Yard (Thursday)
  • Power ortho: Shoulder and knee injuries (Thursday)
  • Causation for occupational injuries (Thursday)

Social and networking events & activities include:
  • Catamaran sunset cruise — Free with conference registration
  • WOEMA Rum Fire Dinner & Hula performance, Waikiki beach at sunset — Free with conference registration
  • Hanauma Bay snorkeling, outrigger canoe ride, Dole Pineapple Plantation
  • Golf and tennis tournaments

Click here for brochure, conference schedule, and online registration.
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2013 COEH Summer Institute
COEH Continuing Education Program
The 2013 COEH Summer Institute will be held July 29 - Aug. 2 at the Elihu Harris State Office Building (1515 Clay Street) in Downtown Oakland, Calif.

On Aug. 1, the sessions will focus on "Fundamentals of Workers' Compensation: Soup to Nuts." This course is designed to bring greater understanding of how medical opinion affects benefit decisions in the context of the California workers' compensation system. The aim is to promote stronger, more productive relationships between medical providers, employers and claims administrators. The day opens with a brief, general orientation for those who may be unfamiliar to the system, followed by focused modules on the key topics of causation, medical control and disability management.

On Aug. 2, the sessions will focus on "Workers' Compensation Reform: Regulations & Field Experience."br The course will provide an overview of the changes impacting California workers' compensation. In addition to didactic sessions, panels on IMR and IBR will provide multidisciplinary perspectives on the requirements and impact of the reform; audience participation will be encouraged. The Course Directors are Rupali Das, M.D., MPH, executive medical director of the California Division of Workers' Compensation, and Steve Wiesner, M.D., chief of the Kaiser Permanente Occupational Health Department, East Bay Medical Center.
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Renew Your Membership Today!
WOEMA
WOEMA is committed to assuring a safe work place, minimizing worker injury, and serving as leaders, educators, collaborators and facilitators in preventing and resolving marketplace health problems. Your involvement is integral to this success! Please take 2-3 minutes to keep your membership active.

Renewal is fast and easy! Please call ACOEM directly to renew your membership at 847-818-1800.
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Renew Your Membership Today!
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WOEMA is committed to assuring a safe work place, minimizing worker injury, and serving as leaders, educators, collaborators and facilitators in preventing and resolving marketplace health problems. Your involvement is integral to this success! Please take 2-3 minutes to keep your membership active. Call ACOEM directly to renew your membership at 847-818-1800.

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Western Occupational Health Conference 2013, Honolulu
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The math is quite simple:
Over 30 hours of CME + tropical Waikiki, Hawaii = WOHC 2013.


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Congratulations to WOEMA Members Acquiring ACOEM Fellowship Status
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The 2013 class of new ACOEM Fellows was recognized with a Fellow medallion in a special elevation ceremony which opened the Annual Membership Meeting Luncheon held at the AOHC at Rosen Shingle Creek Florida this past April.

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Research: Opioid use leveling, not decreasing in workers' comp
Risk & Insurance
The California Workers' Compensation Institute's latest data shows the dramatic increase in the use of opioids has at least stopped. Schedule II opioid painkillers include fentanyl, oxycodone and morphine, and are classified by the Food and Drug Administration as controlled substances "due to their high potential for abuse and addiction," the report says. Schedule III opioids include such things as Vicodin and other forms of hydrocodone with acetaminophen which have less potential for abuse or addiction than Schedule II drugs.
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Surgery may not be better for spine fractures
Reuters
Getting back surgery to fix fractures caused by compression of the spine may not be any more beneficial than more conservative treatments, according to a new study of Medicare patients.
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Combustible dust standard may get CSB 'Most Wanted' status
Occupational Health & Safety
The U.S. Chemical Safety Board announced it will hold a July 25 public meeting in Washington, D.C., during which the board may designate an OSHA combustible dust standard as its first-ever "Most Wanted Chemical Safety Improvement."
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Fast-growing craft brewers slow to adopt workplace safety
Insurance Journal
Welder Mark Moynihan crawled down a narrow tube into a space the size of a car interior to seal the crack in the fermentation tank at Calhoun’s Bar-B-Q & Brewery in Knoxville, Tennessee. The space was oversaturated with oxygen. He lit his torch, and a flash-fire erupted. His hair and clothing disintegrated instantly. Moynihan, a contractor for the craft brewery, dragged himself up the tube and out of the vat while still on fire, suffering serious burns over much of his body. He died 75 days after the 2009 accident, just before his 40th birthday, said his widow, Kim Moynihan. It was not an isolated incident.
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Pilates, cycling achieve similar benefits for low back pain
HealthDay News via Monthly Prescribing Reference
Over the long-term, Pilates has the same benefits as stationary cycling for patients with low back pain, according to a study published in the July 1 issue of Spine. Paul W.M. Marshall, Ph.D., from the University of Western Sydney, and colleagues randomly assigned 64 patients with low back pain to eight weeks of either specific trunk exercises or stationary cycling.
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Smart wearable sensors and their growing applications in today's healthcare industry
By Dr. Afsaneh Motamed-Khorasani
The aging U.S. population affected by chronic conditions and the skyrocking healthcare costs forces the U.S. healthcare system to face daunting challenges. There have been many contributing factors in this issue, which are outside of the realm of this article. However, how we will be able to provide quality care to an increasing number of individuals with complex chronic medical conditions and maximize their independence and participation, remains to be an ongoing challenge. One possible way that comes to mind could be to leverage the advances in information technology in micro- and nanotechnologies, sensor miniaturization, smart fabrics as well as remote monitoring in order to increase the independency of an aging population with various degrees of disabilities without letting it become a burden to the healthcare industry.
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Opinion: California's Workers Comp loophole for pro athletes hurts everyone
San Jose Mercury News
Our teams don't just play in the Bay Area. Our teams make a concerted, highly-visible effort to reflect Bay Area values. One of those values is ensuring that, when our players are injured on the playing field, they receive immediate access to some of the best medical care and benefits in the world. We also support their ability to file for workers' compensation benefits in California. California workers deserve California benefits, whether they are athletes or employees in any other profession. What is inherently unfair is to allow non-California employees from 49 other states to file for those benefits in our state, which is what's happening across major-league sports. And it's hurting California.
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