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 Servicesâ€™ Office of the National Coordinator for Health […]
Fewer mining injuries, more fatalites in 2013; Mine Safety and Health Administration urged to address underreporting
The federal Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) released preliminary work injury and fatality data for 2013 this week, just 10 days after auditors in the Department of Labor’s Inspector General Office issued a report recommending action to address underreporting in the mining industry.Â
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 agencyâ€™s new National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners. The OODIA anticipates a significant shortage of registered examiners by the May 21 deadline when all […]
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, […]
Failure to comply with the Hazard Communication Standard is the second-most-cited OSHA violation. Consequently, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration recently released new resources to help employers with compliance. They include:
A 57-year-old New Jersey Transit employee who legally uses medical marijuana under state law to treat symptoms of end-stage renal failure has sued his employer for discrimination after being suspended and required to enter a drug rehab program. The case may be the first to test application of New Jersey’s 2012 medical marijuana law in […]
Walgreen Co. has signed a definitive agreement with Water Street Healthcare Partners, a strategic investor focused exclusively on the healthcare industry, in which Water Street will acquire a majority interest in Take Care Employer Solutions, LLC.
‘Doc fix’ law delays federal ICD-10 implementation, gives states more time to adopt coding system for workers’ comp
A law signed by President Obama on Tuesday delays the mandated national transition from ICD-9 to ICD-10 medical coding scheduled to take effect October 2014 until October 2015 at the earliest. The House passed enabling legislation last week and the Senate passed the House’s Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014 on Monday.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved a prescription treatment that can be used in emergency situations to treat a person with a known or suspected opioid overdose. The treatment, Evzio, delivers a single dose of the drug naloxone via a hand-held auto-injector that can be carried in a pocket or stored in a […]
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced today that it will issue a final rule to better protect electric power generation, transmission and distribution workers. The rule is scheduled for publication in the Federal Register on April 11 and will become effective 90 days later, with the exception of delayed compliance deadlines for certain […]