Residential care and DART rates

In this installment of my series examining outreach letters that fed-OSHA recently sent to facilities with 2010 DART rates of 2.0 or higher, I’m looking at “Homes for the Elderly” (NAICS 623312), commonly referred to as residential / community care or assisted living facilities. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, “This U.S. industry comprises establishments […]

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Home centers and DART injuries

In this article, we’ll be examining another group that recently received “outreach letters” from fed-OSHA. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Home Centers (NAICS 444110) are “primarily engaged in retailing a general line of new home repair and improvement materials and supplies, such as lumber, plumbing goods, electrical goods, tools, housewares, hardware, and lawn and […]

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GHS: How to get ready

Earlier this year, we received news that the long-awaited GHS standard left desks at the Office of Management Budget (OMB) and made it back to the halls of OSHA in Washington D.C. OSHA released the new HAZCOM 2012 and now all industries are on notice. OSHA estimates that more than 43 million workers will be […]

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DART rates and nursing homes

In this installment of my series examining outreach letters that OSHA recently sent to facilities with two or more 2010 DART incidents, I’m looking at Nursing Care Facilities (NAICS 623110), commonly referred to as nursing homes. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, “These establishments have a permanent core staff of registered or licensed practical nurses […]

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Airline DART rates

A few weeks ago I wrote about the 15,000 outreach letters that OSHA recently sent to facilities with two or more 2010 DART incidents. What I’ll be doing next is going through that list and cross-referencing recipients with a DART rate database to see how individual sectors did. For no particular reason, let’s start with […]

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Code accurately to maximize reimbursement

Since the Department of Health and Human Service has again delayed ICD-10 coding implementation, now is a good time to brush up on diagnosis coding skills and improve ICD-9 coding accuracy in your clinic or private medical practice. Accurate coding demonstrates medical necessity and justifies treatment choices by linking them to an appropriate diagnosis, symptom […]

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First, heal thyself: OSHA responds to the crisis in healthcare worker health

On November 9, 2011, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics released data showing that the 2010 incidence of nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses requiring days away from work was 2 ½ times higher in health care support workers than in the population as a whole. And the rate is increasing: musculoskeletal disorder […]

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