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Veterans of the Gulf War are more than twice as likely to have medically unexplained symptoms known as "multisymptom illness" (MSI), compared to Iraq/Afghanistan War veterans, according to an updated research review in the July issue of JOEM.Read more
Working long hours — particularly 46 hours per week or more — may increase the long-term risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD) events such as heart attack, reports study in March JOEM. Read more
Building a company-wide culture of health and developing an effective communications strategy are characteristic of companies with outstanding workplace health promotion programs, according to a report in the February issue of JOEM. Read more
A study utilizing investment simulations for 17 publicly held companies with strong health or safety programs for employees suggests that employers that invest significantly in health and safety programming can outperform other companies in the marketplace. The study was published in the January 2016 issue of JOEM.Read more
One company's program to improve employee well-being led to improvements in worker health and productivity while decreasing health care costs, reports case study in October JOEM.Read more
An effective program to reduce work-family conflict (WFC) leads to reduced turnover and other cost savings for employers, reports a study in the September issue of JOEM. Read more
Workers involved in nearly every step of the modern food industry are at increased risk of occupational illness/injury and death, compared to other industries, reports a study in the July issue of JOEM. Read more
Employees with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) are more likely to have work absences, reports a study in the June issue of JOEM. The study may have important implications for identifying which employees are more likely to miss work and for the use of strategies to retain employees with RA. Read more
Corporate leaders understand that investing in healthier communities can be good business, but need help in developing and implementing their community health strategy, according to a special article in the May issue of JOEM. Read more
ACOEM and AAOHN have jointly published guidance for employers aimed at helping them better understand the implications of marijuana use on the workforce. The joint paper summarizes current evidence regarding marijuana consumption, discusses possible side effects, and suggests various strategies for monitoring its use among employees. 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 is an organization of more than 4,000 occupational physicians and other health care professionals, which provides leadership to promote optimal health and safety of workers, workplaces, and environments. Work fitness and disability management is a core competency of occupational medicine. Read More
Overall, ACOEM applauds OSHA’s efforts to strengthen workplace preventive efforts, and recognizes the importance of systematic planning and high-level management support for key elements of successful preventive programs, including employer affirmation of the importance of safety and health, a clear system of accountability, ongoing surveillance for potential workplace hazards, skilled investigation of workplace injuries and “near misses,” engagement of workers in setting workplace health and safety policies, effective training, and careful attention to the control or elimination of identified risks. Read More
ACOEM has long been a proponent of FMCSA providing appropriate tools for use by those medical examiners with appropriate training and knowledge to determine the medical fitness of the commercial motor vehicle (CMV) driver. The proposed Medication Form, however, falls far short of being able to adequately assess whether a driver will be impaired by medications or an underlying medical condition. Read More
The American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM) supports the CDC’s 12 proposed recommendations for the safer and more effective use of opioids for chronic non-cancer pain (CNCP) and the rationales supporting them. Read More
ACOEM is now pleased to offer the OccHealth netWORK™ as an introductory path for International Membership. If you are a member of an OEM organization from a country that is a participant in the International Occupational Medicine Society Collaborative (IOMSC), then you are eligible for International Membership in ACOEM by subscribing to the "netWORK".
Note: This "International Membership" is an entry level time-limited offering. Physicians wishing to become fellows or permanent members of ACOEM, should apply for "Active Membership".
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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.