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The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration recently released the final rule establishing the National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners (NRCME). To clarify the rule and to help members understand the implications of the Registry, ACOEM’s free 1-hour webinar, led by Dr. Natalie Hartenbaum, is available in the Commercial Driver Medical Examiner Knowledge Center.
Arthur Kellermann, MD, vice president at the RAND Corporation and a director of RAND Health, delivered the annual Sappington Memorial Lecture at AOHC 2012. View Dr. Kellermann’s address on "Personal and Population Health in the 21st Century: from Volume to Value" on YouTube.
Occupational exposure to formaldehyde in men may be linked to reduced fertility, reports a paper in the May issue of JOEM.Read more
Dr. Karl Auerbach was installed as the new president of ACOEM on May 2 in Los Angeles, Calif. Dr. Auerbach took office during ACOEM’s 97th annual membership meeting held in conjunction with the 2012 American Occupational Health Conference. Read more
On April 30, during the Opening Session of the 2012 AOHC, four physicians and the authors of the paper judged to be an outstanding JOEM article were recognized for their contributions to the field of occupational and environmental medicine. Read more
To commemorate the annual observance of Earth Day on April 22, ACOEM has re-released its “Ten Environmental Hazards You Can Live Without,” a checklist of hazards everyone can control in their own home to improve their environment. Read more
Workers participating in a "comprehensive" workplace promotion program had a one-fifth reduction in absenteeism during the first year, reports a study in the April 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
Obesity adds more to health care costs than smoking does, reports a study in the March issue of JOEM. Read more
The most effective method to minimize worker fatigue is through the development of a comprehensive fatigue risk management system (FRMS) recommends ACOEM in a new guidance document on fatigue risk management. Read paper
ACOEM has been in the forefront in addressing the issue of the overuse of opioid therapy to treat chronic pain. As part of this ongoing effort to curb this epidemic, ACOEM has provided...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.
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
At the recent ACOEM Board of Director’s meeting, Pat O’Connor, Director of Government Affairs, presented a PowerPoint report on the Council on Public Affairs’ activities. As this report highlights important legislative activities, the presentation is being made available to the public. Read more
In a recent letter to Senator John Rockefeller IV, ACOEM expressed its supports of the objectives of the Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act of 2011 (S. 507) and offered suggestions to improve the Act, including. . . Read more
The College provides specific recommendations that can help such programs become an integral part of U.S. national health reform efforts. Read more
The following comments are submitted by the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM) in response to NIOSH’s request for information regarding updating the Strategic Research Plan for Nanotechnology Research and Guidance. These comments were developed by members of the Lung Disorders Committee of ACOEM. Read more
Over the weekend, the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate gave final approval to fiscal appropriations for 2012 that continue funding for the Education and Research Centers (ERCs) Program within the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). Read more
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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.