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WOEMA Annual Election of Officers & Directors
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In accordance with the WOEMA bylaws, the Nominating Committee chaired by Walt Newman, MD the 2015 Board of Directors and Officers was presented to the WOEMA membership at the Annual Business Meeting on Saturday, September 20, 2014 at 1:30 PM at the Coronado Marriott Hotel & Spa, San Diego during the Western Occupational Health Conference.

Chairman of the Board
Ellyn McIntosh, MD, MPH, FACOEM (2015), ExxonMobil Corporation, Torrance, CA

President
Peter Vasquez, MD (2015), Take Care/CHS, Stanfield, AZ

President-Elect
Scott Levy, MD, MPH, FACOEM (2015), Chevron, San Ramon, CA

First Vice President
Robert C. Blink, MD, MPH (2015), Worksite Partners Medical Group, SF, CA

Second Vice President
Sachin Kapoor, DO, MBA, MPH, FACOEM (2015), The Permanente Medical Group, Walnut Creek, CA

Secretary
Paula Lenny, MD, MPH, FACOEM (2015), The Permanente Medical Group, Maui, HI

Treasurer
Ramón J. Terrazas, MD, MPH, FACOEM (2016) San Francisco Fire Department, San Francisco, CA

Board of Directors Positions:
Scott Krasner, MD, MPH, Krasner Medical Consultants, Tucson, AZ (2017)
Matthew Chan, MD, MPH, Glendale Adventist Occ Medical Center, Glendale, CA (2017)

Continuing Board of Directors Terms:
Bryce Breitenstein, MD, MPH, FACOEM, Concentra Medical Clinics, Long Beach, CA (2015)
Bernyce Peplowski, DO, MS, US Health Works, CA (2015)
Troy Ross, MD, MPH, Sierra Army Depot, Reno, NV (2016)
Erik Won, DO, MPH, MBA, FACOEM, Boeing, Long Beach, CA (2016)

Shannon Jamieson, Executive Director, WOEMA (Ex-Officio)
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WOEMA's New California Workers' Comp Survey Needs You!
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If you provide services in the California workers’ comp system, WOEMA needs your input! After the implementation of SB 863 in the past 2 years, many WOEMA members have seen significant impact on their practice. Further adjustments may be afoot; in order to best understand how we can have positive impact on the system as it evolves, YOUR INPUT is critical. Please click on this link and take 5-10 minutes to answer a few questions.

We are coordinating the information gathered with other physician groups and will then present our recommendations to the DWC. Thank you for your help!
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Prop 46 — UPDATE
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As you have probably heard, Proposition 46 was soundly defeated at the polls in California on Nov. 4. Analysis heard by the WOEMA Legislative Committee appears to indicate that additional attempts at 2 of the 3 provisions of this initiative, state-mandated drug screening of physicians and large increases in malpractice awards, are unlikely to be seen again for many years. The third part, mandatory reference to California’s PDMP (Prescription Drug Monitoring Program), “CURES”, may see additional attempts at improvement and some level of additional encouragement to use the system in the nearer future.

The just-released Guidelines for Prescribing Controlled Substances for Pain put out by the California Medical Board says on this issue only that “The CURES/PDMP report can be useful in establishing whether or not an individual is receiving controlled substances from multiple prescribers. The CURES/PDMP report should be requested frequently for patients who are being treated for pain as well as addiction.”

The last sentence appears to make such use a practical necessity.
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Documentation for IMR Appeals and Treatment Requests in California
WOEMA Legislative Committee
Recent WOEMA meetings with the California Orthopedic Association (COA) revealed that Maximus (the sole CA provider of Independent Medical Reviews (IMR’s) is having problems combining records sent in for one review with the records sent in for another review on the same patient. In other words, Maximus is having difficulty combining duplicate IMR’s for a single treatment decision.

The COA has seen instances where a physician sent in records to Maximus for a treatment denial. Another file was started by Maximus on the same denial and a request was sent to the physician to submit records again. The physician did not send the records knowing that they had been submitted previously. However, since Maximus did not combine the two files, a denial for the treatment request was issued based on lack of information supporting the request.
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The Med Tech Corner with Dr. Dean Gean

Smartphone-enabled Oto HOME lets parents send eardrum images to doctor.

Medical futurist Dr. Eric Topol speaks of “disruptive technologies” transforming health care. One new example of this is the CellScope iPhone otoscope attachment (Oto HOME™) which allows parents to image their child’s tympanic membrane and send this to a physician, along with a questionnaire, via the Oto CONNECT App. There is also a similar iPhone-attached otoscope product, Oto PRO™, for healthcare professionals soon to be shipped. These technologies have implications for OEM populations in distant locations (oil platforms, field expeditions, international travel, etc.) and likely represent an early wave of new direct-to-consumer and EHR-connected tools for health care practitioners.
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Americans are shortchanging sleep for work
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More than one third of American adults report getting less than 7 hours of sleep on weekdays, and many of them try to sleep extra-long on weekends to make up for it.

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Winter Falls Push Workers' Comp Claims
Lansing State Journal
Ice and snow-related slip-and-fall claims doubled last winter and represented 32 percent of all Michigan workers' compensation claims, the Accident Fund Insurance Co., said in urging caution when outdoors this winter.

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Hydrocodone Reclassification Compounds Some Patients' Pain
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NIOSH highlights climate change's impact on workers
Occupational Health & Safety
The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)recently described the work it is doing on the topic of climate change and why it considers climate change to be a risk for workers. Higher ambient temperatures, more extreme weather events, air pollution, and the possibility of increased prevalence and distribution of water-borne and foodborne pathogens could affect workers, according to the agency's discussion of the issue.
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Americans are shortchanging sleep for work
The Washington Post
More than one third of American adults report getting less than 7 hours of sleep on weekdays, and many of them try to sleep extra-long on weekends to make up for it. This isn’t a particularly healthy way to live — insufficient sleep is associated with obesity, high blood pressure, diabetes, and a host of other physical ailments. Drowsy driving causes around 80,000 automobile accidents every year, 1,000 of which are typically fatal.
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Acetaminophen Not Effective for Low Back Pain
Anesthesiology News
Few pain specialists advise patients with low back pain to simply "take two aspirin and call me in the morning," to borrow from a now-ancient phrase. Now research suggests that acetaminophen, a commonly used aspirin alternative for low back pain, may not be effective as well.
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Younger workers med costs higher than older workers in longtail workers' comp claims
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For services incurred between 20 and 30 years after an injury, the average annual workers’ compensation medical payments for claimants younger than 60 were greater than for those older than 60 at the time of treatment, according to findings of a recent National Council on Compensation Insurance study.
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Survey: PCPs prescribing fewer opioids; becoming 'part of the solution
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Concerns over addiction and drug abuse are causing some primary care physicians (PCPs) to prescribe fewer opioids for chronic pain, according to a recent national survey on prescription drug abuse. The clinical use of prescription opioids for treating chronic pain nearly doubled from 2000 to 2010, along with an increase in opioid abuse, addiction, injury and death, wrote researchers from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, in Baltimore.
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