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Hypertension, Other Conditions Increase Workers’ Comp Medical Costs

Medical costs in workers’ compensation cases with a comorbidity diagnosis are about double that of otherwise comparable claims, according to a new report from the National Council on Compensation Insurance. Comorbidity is the presence of a disease or medical condition in addition to a worked-related injury or illness. Among 24 conditions studied (including pregnancy), hypertension […]

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Rep. Nadler Calls for OSHA Oversight During Clean-up Efforts

Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-NY, who represents Brooklyn and Manhattan communities hit hard by Hurricane Sandy and the 9/11 terrorist attacks, issued a statement demanding that workers involved in clean-up and recovery efforts be given proper protective equipment, and that all federal laws governing worker safety be enforced by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). […]

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Safe Patient Handling Comment Period Open

The American Nurses Association (ANA) Safe Patient Handling and Mobility National Standards Working Group is accepting public comments on Draft Safe Patient Handling and Mobility National Standards. The working group seeks recommendations for refining the standards, and comments regarding their scope, applicability to foreseeable safe patient handling and mobility concerns for all healthcare recipients, and […]

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Drivers Subject to Random Checks of Medical Examiner Certificates

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and its state partners will conduct random checks of drivers’ medical examiner certificates (MECs) during enforcement activities. Officials said the intent is to discourage the use of fraudulent certificates by obtaining verbal confirmation that a medical examination was conducted and information on the MEC is accurate, not to […]

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AMA Supports Mandatory Flu Shots for Long-Term Care Workers

The American Medical Association’s House of Delegates passed a resolution today in support of mandatory annual influenza vaccinations for all long-term healthcare workers who have direct patient contact unless a medical contraindication or religious objection exists. The resolution recommends that medical directors and other practitioners encourage professional and family caregivers to obtain vaccinations, and that […]

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Study Examines Capacity for Worksite Health Promotion

Midsize employers (100 to 4,999 employees) in low-wage industries are not inclined to implement workplace health promotion programs, according to a survey that asked about their readiness and capacity to implement such programs. While respondents believe health promotion would benefit their employees and their companies, they were less likely to believe such programs were a […]

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Arthritis Impacts Aging Workforce

The prevalence of arthritis in the U.S. is projected to increase to nearly 67 million (25 percent of the adult population) by the year 2030, including 25 million people with physical limitations. Working-age adults (45-64 years) will account for almost one-third of arthritis cases. Workplace programs in the areas of safety, ergonomics, wellness and disability […]

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Coal Dust Meter Wins People’s Choice Award

Twice a year, the Department of Health and Human Services invites its employees to submit and vote on innovative ideas as part of its HHSinnovates program. This year, for the first time, the public also was invited to vote. The winning People’s Choice entry is the Coal Dust Explosibility Meter, a tool developed by the […]

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