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ACOEM has released a list of specific tests or procedures that are commonly ordered but not always necessary in occupational and environmental medicine as part of Choosing Wisely®, an initiative of the ABIM Foundation. The list identifies five targeted, evidence-based recommendations that can support conversations between patients and physicians about what care is really needed. Read more
ACOEM has submitted comments to NIOHS on its draft carcinogen classification and target risk level policy for chemical hazards in the workplace. In applauding NIOSH for this work, ACOEM also urged stronger target risk levels for known carcinogens. Read the comments
Shiftworkers are more likely to have a diet that promotes chronic inflammation—which may partly explain the health risks associated with shiftwork, reports a study in the February JOEM. Read more
ACOEM has urged Congress to support new policies aimed at delivering healthier seniors into Medicare and other government entitlement programs by strengthening health and wellness programs in the workplace. In a special briefing for the Congressional Wellness Caucus on January 28, ACOEM leaders described a system in which stronger emphasis would be placed by employers on helping workers avoid these chronic conditions while they are still employed – thus lessening the chance that they would enter the Medicare system hampered by disease. Read more
ACOEM supports adoption/implementation of OSHA’s proposed crystalline silica standard and provided comments/recommendations to enhance the protections to workers afforded by the proposal. Read ACOEM’s comments here...
On January 27, ACOEM’s H&P Section learned about CDC’s new Work@Health Program via a special conference call. This employer-based training program is intended to improve the organizational health of participating employers with an emphasis on strategies to reduce chronic disease/injury risk to employees and improve worker productivity. As this free wellness program is an important tool in promoting in workplace health, ACOEM is making the audio and slides available to the entire membership. Read more
Insurance, time off, and other policies affect business outcomes reports a study in the January issue of JOEM. Read more
Many workers' compensation (WC) claims result in no payment from the WC system, but do lead to increased costs for employee group insurance plans, reports study in the December JOEM. Read more
Three national health organizations have issued new guidance to help employers create more successful programs for gathering health-screening information from employees. “Biometric Screening for Employers” was published in the October JOEM.Read more
Workplace health promotion programs that improve employee health can lead to significant increases in productivity — and associated cost savings, reports a study in the October JOEM. Read more
Companies with strong health/wellness programs outperformed others on S&P 500 finds study in September’s issue of JOEM.Read more
Improving overall working conditions might help reduce depression costs, suggests a study in the September issue of JOEM. Read more
The complete strength-of-evidence practice recommendations for presenting disorders from the 3rd edition of ACOEM’s Occupational Medicine Practice Guideline’s is now available annual subscription option to ACOEM’s iPhone/iPad App. The App can be found at http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/acoem-practice-guidelines/id405416599?mt=8 or through your device’s App store (search term “acoem practice guidelines”). Read more
The connection between evidence-based recommendations, CPT codes and ICD9 codes is detailed in ACOEM Practice Guidelines CodesLink™ product. A crosswalk data file which includes every permutation including state variations is intended for inclusion in proprietary systems and value added resellers allowing them true access to recommendation detail, not just color coded status. Read more
WholePerson® Premiere 5 and WholePerson® Premiere 4 software solutions from EME International include comprehensive Impairment Rating Programs which includes tests to be used in determining a final AMA Impairment Rating based on the 4th or 5th edition of the AMA Guides. All reports have a comprehensive reference to page, chapter and table. All tests will combine and sort as needed. Multi trauma, multiple tests is easily handled. Free technical support for 30 days. Also available FCE Reporter, an easy-to-use general-purpose Functional Capacity Evaluation reporting system for documentation automation. Read More
The over use of opioid therapy for chronic pain conditions is becoming epidemic in the U.S. While opioid therapy may be appropriate in carefully selected cases, active monitoring and adverse event anticipation are crucial. ACOEM’s evidence-based Guidelines for the Chronic Use of Opioids were developed as guidance for managing injured workers whose pain has not been controlled by more conservative means. Read more
CDME Self Assessment Activity based on the new 5th edition of The DOT Medical Examination! Earn 15 CME/MOC! When you order the SPECIAL CDME ASSESSMENT PROGRAM – Two Essential Resources for physicians conducting DOT physical examinations – we will ship you your book and the CDME Self-Assessment activity, including the 46-questions, answer sheet, answer key, and CME/MOC attestation form. These materials are designed to help physicians and others deepen their knowledge of the DOT medical examination process. They do not guarantee inclusion on any register that may be forthcoming. ACOEM will make information on any new regulations in this area available to members.
“ACOEM members are the best advocates for the specialty of occupational medicine – with the ability to educate and inform policy makers on key issues of concern to the practice of occupational medicine and the health and safety of workers and workplaces. ACOEM Members may join the ACOEM State Advocacy Community to access information and resources to communicate with elected officials, regulators and allies in your state. Members may enroll from the myACOEM members-only page from the ACOEM ADVOCACY box.”
ACOEM has joined 51 other medical organizations in urging Congress to take action to reduce gun violenceRead more
ACOEM has expressed support for DOT’s interim final rule (IFR) for Procedures for Transportation Workplace Drug and Alcohol Testing Programs: 6-acetylmorphine (6–AM) Testing that no longer requires labs and MROs to consult with one another regarding the testing for the presence of morphine when the lab confirms presence of 6–AM. Read more
On March 23, ACOEM urged House and Senate Appropriations Committees to support funding for the Education and Research Centers (ERCs) and Agriculture, Forestry, and Fishing Program. Read more
ACOEM and 37 other organizations applaud launch of federal government’s media campaign on dangers of tobacco use. Read more
Senate Resolution would leave millions of Americans at risk from mercury, other pollutants ACOEM has joined the American Heart Association, the American Lung Association, and other leading organizations to formally oppose S.J. Res. 37, a resolution that employs the Congressional Review Act to reverse the Environmental Protection Agency’s Mercury and Air Toxics Standards for Power Plants. Read more
On March 27, ACOEM joined more than 100 other national public health organizations to express deep disappointment in the Administration's support for reducing the investment in the Prevention and Public Health Fund. Read more
On December 7, ACOEM submitted comments to the FDA regarding its draft "Blueprint for Prescriber Education for the Long-Acting/Extended-Release Opioid Class-Wide REMS." Read more
In a joint letter that was sent last Friday to all state workers' compensation officials, ACOEM and the International Association of Industrial Accident Boards and Commissions (IAIABC) expressed "deep concern over the growing issue of prescription opioid abuse in the United States. Read more
ACOEM has expressed to Congress its support for H.R. 2465, the Federal Workers' Compensation Modernization and Improvement Act; specifically, the provisions that update the Federal Employees Compensation Act (FECA) to allow for reimbursement of certain services provided by a physician assistant (PA) or nurse practitioner (NP). Read more
ACOEM's Idea Marketplace™ is an area of the web site where members can exchange ideas and materials. The Marketplace also provides a unique and innovative way to quickly locate information relating to more than 30 of the most current topics in OEM. This innovative member benefit can only be found by accessing MyACOEM.
New! Now in the ACOEM Idea Marketplace -– ACOEM’s 2013 Physicians' Practice Income and Benefit Survey! This important member benefit can be downloaded from the "Careers in OEM/Entering the Field" topic in the Idea Marketplace.
ACOEM’s ongoing awareness campaign to address chronic disease in the workplace is focusing on the impact of sleep disorders on worker health and productivity. Sleep disorders that result in excessive workplace fatigue are not only debilitating, but as in a case of a truck driver falling asleep at the wheel, can have fatal consequences.
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Founded in 1916, ACOEM is the nation's largest medical society dedicated to promoting the health of workers through preventive medicine, clinical care, research, and education. A dynamic group of physicians encompassing specialists in a variety of medical practices is united via the College to develop positions and policies on vital issues relevant to the practice of preventive medicine both within and outside of the workplace.