The California Supreme Court yesterday upheld a lower court decision allowing an injured worker to submit findings from a doctor she retained outside of her employer’s Medical Provider Network (MPN) in a case involving a disability determination. The ruling in the case of Valdez vs. Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board and Warehouse Demo Services is considered […]
Improving Your Office Testing Process: Toolkit for Rapid-Cycle Patient Safety and Quality Improvement is a new resource for clinicians and medical office staff available from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality as part of efforts to make care safer for patients in all settings. The toolkit offers step-by-step instructions on how to evaluate an […]
One of the first studies to quantify the impact relationships among clinic colleagues have on patient satisfaction may have applications for occupational health providers. In the study published in the Annals of Family Medicine, 437 clinicians and staff in 17 Veterans Administration primary care clinics completed a survey using a 15-item work relationship scale (WRS) […]
The National Transportation Safety Board has recommended audits of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s oversight processes in response to four recent commercial vehicle accidents. Combined, the accidents resulted in 25 deaths and 83 injuries. In each accident, investigators identified safety deficiencies and noted red flags were present prior to the crashes.
Nurses, nurse practitioners and physician assistants are expected to be in considerable demand as the insured population grows and the nation transitions to new healthcare delivery models. In addition, there will be emerging opportunities for medical assistants, licensed practical nurses and aides.
The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) issued new recommendations today for controlling worker exposures to engineered nanomaterials. The recommendations are contained in a new document, Current Strategies for Engineering Controls in Nanomaterial Production and Downstream Handling Processes. Engineering controls are favored over administrative controls and personal protective equipment for reducing exposures because […]
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) yesterday introduced proposed changes in recordkeeping regulations to add requirements for quarterly electronic submissions of injury and illness information employers are already required to keep under existing standards, Part 1904. The announcement coincides with the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ release of its annual Occupational Injuries and Illnesses report, […]
Nearly 3 million workplace injuries and illnesses were reported by private industry employers in 2012, resulting in an incidence rate of 3.4 cases per 100 equivalent full-time workers, according to estimates from the Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses. The findings were released Nov. 7 by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The rate reported […]
In this two-part feature, guest author Hannah Ubl, generational expert at BridgeWorks, explores how generational differences play out in the workplace.
November is National Diabetes Month and employers are encouraged to educate workers about health risks and costs associated with this chronic condition. Testing for diabetes is recommended for adults with certain risk factors, including age (45+ years), being overweight or obese, family history and physical inactivity. People with diabetes can take steps to control the […]