Workers’ Memorial Day messages reinforce importance of workplace safety culture

President Obama signed a proclamation today in anticipation of Workers’ Memorial Day, which is marked annually on April 28 with ceremonies and other activities worldwide in remembrance of workers killed on the job. “We must never accept that injury, illness or death is the cost of doing business,” the proclamation states. “Workers are the backbone […]

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Rule allows digital X-ray results to be submitted in black lung cases

It’s a ditigal world. A final rule published yesterday in the Federal Register will allow physicians to use digital technology when evaluating miner-claimants under the Federal Black Lung Program. Effective May 19, the rule establishes quality standards for digitally acquired chest X-rays and allows film and digital X-rays to be given equal importance in claims […]

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Proposed U.S. health IT regulatory framework aims to promote innovation, protect patients

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) seeks public comments on a draft proposal that outlines recommendations for a health information technology framework designed to promote product innovation while protecting patients and avoiding regulatory duplication.The FDA developed the framework in consultation with the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the National Coordinator for Health […]

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Workers’ compensation costs may fall as more Americans get health insurance coverage

Workers’ compensation, general business liability and automobile insurance costs may fall while the growing number of Americans who obtain health insurance under the Affordable Care Act may trigger a corresponding increase in medical malpractice claims, a newly released RAND Corporation study shows. The cost shifts could be as much as 5 percent in some states, […]

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Truck driver group files petition to delay May 21 medical examiner registry requirement; FMCSA says supply will meet immediate demand

The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA) filed a petition yesterday asking the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) to extend the deadline for qualified medical examiners to become registered on the agency’s new National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners. The OODIA anticipates a significant shortage of registered examiners by the May 21 deadline when all […]

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