About Dr. Bill Newkirk

William L. Newkirk, M.D., F.A.C.P.M, has more than 30 years of clinical experience directing a hospital-based occupational medicine program. He is well known as an educator, author and software developer. In the late 1970s he wrote SYSTOC, the first commercially successful software for occupational medicine. He is a graduate of The Ohio State University College of Medicine and Harvard University where he was a John Harvard Scholar and is currently a guest lecturer.

Healthcare reform: Chief Justice John Roberts hands individual mandate back to voters

Prior to the Supreme Court’s decision on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), I wrote “You Be the Judge: Predicting the Supreme Court Ruling on the Affordable Care Act.” My analysis included an exercise for readers to learn more about this controversial case by reviewing the fundamental issues and reaching their own conclusions […]

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First, heal thyself: OSHA responds to the crisis in healthcare worker health

On November 9, 2011, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics released data showing that the 2010 incidence of nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses requiring days away from work was 2 ½ times higher in health care support workers than in the population as a whole. And the rate is increasing: musculoskeletal disorder […]

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Employee health’s future? Keep your eyes on the Supreme Court

When he delivered the keynote address at PureSafety’s 2011 User Conference in Nashville, former Tennessee Governor Philip Bredesen presented a well-reasoned critique of President Obama’s health care reform plan contained in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010. Because he is a Democrat and has extensive health care experience in both the public […]

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Asking the tough questions: spinal fusion in workers’ compensation patients

Trang Nguyen MD, PhD and her colleagues from the University of Cincinnati, using their own money to avoid funding bias, conducted an important study to determine whether lumbar fusion was a useful treatment for workers’ compensation patients with herniated or degenerating lumbar discs. Since the FDA approved the use of interbody cages in 1996, the […]

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