The compliance date for implementation of ICD-10 has been postponed from Oct. 1, 2013, to Oct. 1, 2014, by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. ICD-9 will be replaced by the International Classification of Diseases, 10th Revision. ICD-10 significantly expands the coding system.
The impact of the recession, legislative and regulatory reforms, and rising medical costs on workers’ compensation system performance in 16 states are addressed in the newly released CompScope™ Benchmarks, 13th Edition, by the Workers’ Compensation Research Institute. The benchmarks provide a baseline for policy development and performance evaluation. Metrics include time from injury to payer […]
Law enforcement agents should wear protective equipment when investigating houses and other buildings used to grow marijuana because they may contain high levels of mold, according to a study funded by the U.S. Justice Department.
The American Industrial Hygiene Association® (AIHA) announced availability of the recently approved ANSI/AIHA Z10 Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems standard, which features management principles and systems to help organizations continuously improve their occupational health and safety performance.
Medications at Transitions and Clinical Handoffs (MATCH) Toolkit for Medication Reconciliation, a new release from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, is designed to help medical facilities reduce adverse drug events and medication errors that can be harmful to patients.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is encouraging employers to join the National Preparedness Coalition and commit to year-round disaster planning. Useful features on the coalition’s website include a business impact analysis worksheet to help employers track costs associated with lack of preparedness and disruptions.
Nearly 67 percent of healthcare personnel (HCP) reported receiving an influenza vaccination for the 2011-12 season. Vaccination coverage was highest among physicians (85 percent), compared to 79 percent of nurses and 62 percent in other job categories. Findings from the April 2012 survey of 2,348 HCP were published in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report […]
A preliminary total of 4,609 work-related fatalities, or 3.5 deaths per 100,000 full-time equivalent workers, were recorded in the United States in 2011, according to the Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries conducted by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. In 2010 there were 4,690 fatalities, a rate of 3.6 per 100,000 workers.
Employees who take intermittent time off under the Family and Medical Leave Act are nearly three times more likely to file a subsequent short-term disability claim than those who do not take leave, according to a study by Reed Group, a national firm specializing in leave, disability and return-to-work management. The most common reasons for […]
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), state and local health departments and the Food and Drug Administration are investigating a multi-state outbreak of fungal meningitis and related fatalities among patients who received a steroid injection of a potentially contaminated product. This form of meningitis is not contagious.