‘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.

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OSHA announces final rule updating standards to protect electrical power workers

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 […]

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OSHA continues extensive public engagement on silica proposal

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is holding a series of public hearings on its notice of proposed rulemaking on occupational exposure to crystalline silica through April 4. The proposed rule seeks to lower worker exposure to crystalline silica, which causes silicosis, an incurable lung disease. The proposed rule includes provisions to update inconsistent and […]

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Increase in transportation fatalities reminder of need for highway safety

Transportation fatalities in the United States increased by 3 percent in 2012 compared to 2011, a reminder of the need for heightened attention to highway safety, according preliminary figures from the National Transportation Safety Board. Transportation fatalities in all modes totaled 35,531 in 2012. Although marine, aviation and pipeline-related deaths declined, highway and rail fatalities […]

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Interim final rule protects food industry whistleblowers from retaliation

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) invites public comments on an interim final rule to establish procedures and time frames for handling retaliation complaints in the food industry. Under the Food Safety Modernization Act, employees who disclose information about possible violations of the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act are protected from retaliation by employers […]

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Transferable skills make a difference in job search by occupation, study shows

Understanding the relationship between industry types and occupational skills may provide important insights into workers’ ability to cope with job loss, according to Beyond the Numbers, a new report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Using the Herfindahl-Hirschman index and industry quotients to measure occupational specialization by industry, the study found differences in industry staffing […]

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