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People exposed to asbestos from
mining in Libby, Mont., show long-term changes in lung imaging and function
tests, even with relatively low asbestos exposure, reports study in the
January’s JOEM. Read more
Obese workers miss more work days, and those absences carry high costs at the state and national level, according to a study in the November issue of JOEM. Read more
Rates of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest are elevated after days with high levels of air pollutants, reports a Japanese study in the October issue of JOEM. Read more
Higher exposure to traffic-related air pollution associated with higher levels of the obesity-related hormone leptin in older adults, reports study in September’s JOEM. Read more
Through financial incentives and an emphasis on proven health outcomes, the Affordable Care Act provides opportunities to increase the availability of cardiac rehabilitation (CR) programs — including offering CR as part of worksite health programs, according to an article in the August issue of JOEM. Read more
Women's careers more likely to be disrupted by alcohol suggests study in July issue of JOEM. Read more
Small companies are less likely to offer worksite wellness programs -- but if they do, worker health improves finds a study in the June issue of JOEM. Read more
Dr. Mueller was installed April 30 during ACOEM’s 2014 American Occupational Health Conference (AOHC), held in San Antonio, Texas. Read more
Conflicts between work and home—in both directions—are an important contributor to the risk of burnout, suggests a study in the April issue of JOEM. Read more
Changes targeting the social or physical workplace environment have some positive effects on work-related outcomes—but so far, evidence doesn't support a combination of the two approaches, reports a study in the March issue of JOEM. Read more
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
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 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
“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. It also provides a unique and innovative way to quickly locate information relating to 40 of the most current topics in OEM. This innovative member benefit can only be found by accessing MyACOEM.
A new topic area on Ebola has just been created to help members stay up to date and informed about this deadly disease. We urge you to use this communications tool to share with your peers any best practices, protocols, emergency plans, or other information germane to preventing, recognizing, managing, and treating Ebola.
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.