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WOEMA Leadership Spotlight: Membership Committee Chair
Matthew Chan, MD, MPH, WOEMA
WOEMA's strong foundation is built upon the professionals that comprise its membership family. This family is integral to WOEMA's efforts to advance the practice of occupational and environmental medicine. One of the ways WOEMA engages its mission is to provide avenues through which its members can be more successful in their work. To that end, members are afforded a variety of opportunities such as the annual WOHC conference, periodic webinars, networking, and advocates in the legislative arena, CME credits, and other rich experiences. At the very core of these endeavors lies one of the foundational principles upon which our organization is based: relationships. That's what membership is all about. WOEMA recognizes that any good work to be done in OEM needs to be done collaboratively, and that its membership roll provides an optimal venue for that collaboration.

This year, the membership committee is focusing efforts to not just simply recruit, or re-recruit, new and old members; but to inspire OEM practitioners to become part of a family whose mission is to promote and protect the health of people at work and in their environment through preventive service, clinical care, research, and evaluation.
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Congratulations to the Newly Inducted WOEMA Fellows Class of 2014
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During the Annual Membership Meeting Luncheon held at the 2014 American Occupational Health Conference (AOHC) in San Antonio, the following WOEMA members received fellowship status:
ACOEM’s Class of 2014 fellows that were at AOHC for the ceremony


  • Enass Arahman, MD, MPH, FACOEM
  • Robert C. Blink, MD, MPH, FACOEM
  • Amanpreet S. Dhilon, MD, MS, FACOEM
  • David McKinney, MD, MPH, FACOEM
  • Minh Quang Nguyen, DO, MPH, FACOEM
  • Bernyce M. Peplowski, DO, MS, FACOEM


The status of Fellow is the highest classification of membership in ACOEM. Fellowship distinguishes and recognizes members of the College for their training, accomplishments, and experience in occupational medicine at the national, component, and local levels, as well as the member’s academic and scientific contributions. Click here for more information.
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The Med Tech Corner with Dr. Dean Gean
WOEMA
Estimate ASCVD risk in the room with your patient

The positive side of the proposition “The smart phone is the greatest nuisance among conveniences, the greatest convenience among nuisances”, just improved greatly with the American College of Cardiology's app "ASCVD Risk Estimator." You plug in nine risk factors (age, cholesterol, smoking, etc.) and the app instantaneously shows your patient's 10-year and lifetime risk for ASCVD. Tabs with succinct information summaries for clinicians and patients (e.g., definitions, when statin therapy is recommended, cholesterol and lifestyle recommendations, etc.) are easily accessed.
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WOHC 2014: Introduction of New Two-Day 'Interactive Clinical Refresher' Course
WOEMA
The WOHC 2014 planning team is excited to announce the introduction of an innovative new hands-on educational post-graduate offering called the “Interactive Clinical Refresher”, which has been constructed with the front-line occupational medicine provider in mind. This two-day forum, offered on Wednesday, September 17th and Thursday, September 18th, will feature four half day sessions:
  • Power Ortho: Walk the WOHC - Foot, Ankle, and Gait
  • Procedures: Wound Closure & Slit Lamp
  • Occ Med Screening Tools: Bread & Butter - Spirometry, Audio, EKG, & Vision/Titmus
  • Opioid Workshop: When "Just Say No" Is Not Enough: Health-Focused Discussions with Patient Seeking Opioids
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California Injured Workers Medical Costs Moderated Before Reforms
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A study issued by the Workers Compensation Research Institute shows medical costs for injured workers in California moderated before sweeping reforms were implemented.

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Why Using Painkillers to Treat Chronic Pain Could Totally Backfire
Business Insider
A controversial new pain pill is slated to hit the market in March, and it's stirring discussion about whether it's wise to take prescription drugs for long-term pain at all.

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States Rebel Against Powerful New Painkiller
The Associated Press via ABC News
State officials around the country are rebelling over a powerful new painkiller that law enforcement and public health authorities fear could worsen the nation's deadly scourge of heroin and prescription drug abuse.

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WOEMA Webinar: Hypertension — Joel Handler, MD — June 25, 2014
WOEMA
On June 5, 2014, Dr. Joel Handler will be speaking on Hypertension - Hypertension: Post Joint National Committee Hypertension Update

Hypertension recommendations have changed with the new Joint National Committee on High Blood Pressure (JNC8) evidence-based guideline, and are finding their way into general practice. It is important for primary care practitioners to understand the rationale for the new guideline. Delivery of care is dependent upon accurate blood pressure measurement, and participants will learn to avoid common errors.

Objectives:
  • Recognize the JNC8 recommendations for the treatment of hypertension
  • Identify and avoid common errors in blood pressure measurement
  • Explain the elements of protocoled care that are associated with a high rate of hypertension control
Speaker: Dr. Joel Handler has been the national Kaiser Permanente Clinical Hypertension Lead since 2006, and since 2005 has been the southern California Kaiser Permanente region hypertension lead. In these roles he is responsible for the development and periodic review of hypertension treatment guidelines as well as their implementation. He created a referral clinic for resistant hypertension in 1992 and sees KP patients throughout southern California. Dr. Handler is currently certified in internal medicine, critical care medicine, geriatrics, and is an American Society of Hypertension Specialist in Clinical Hypertension.

Click to register online or visit the WOEMA Webinar webpage for more information.
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California Injured Workers Medical Costs Moderated Before Reforms
Insurance Journal
A study issued by the Workers Compensation Research Institute shows medical costs for injured workers in California moderated before sweeping reforms were implemented. WCRI looked at the potential impact of recent reform legislation on price and utilization of medical services in the California workers' comp system.
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Weighing the Obesity Factor in Workers' Compensation
Claims Journal
Obesity costs U.S. businesses $13 billion a year, according to Reuters. The disease impacts healthcare, workers' compensation claims costs and outcomes and comorbidities, according to Kevin Glennon, a certified workers’ compensation claims professional and vice president at One Call Care Management.
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The Most Dangerous US State For Workers
CBS News
While the U.S. has become a safer place for workers since the Occupational Safety and Health Act became law more than 40 years ago, there's still work to be done as employees in some states and industries remain at higher risk for injury and death, according to a new report from the AFL-CIO. According to the AFL-CIO, the most dangerous U.S. state for workers is North Dakota, which the report calls "an exceptionally dangerous and deadly place to work." Its fatality rate — almost 18 deaths per 100,000 workers — is five times higher than the national average. It's also double the state's 2007 rate, when it stood at seven deaths per 100,000 workers.
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Patient Perspective Important in Postoperative Pain Management
medwireNews via News-Medical.Net
Satisfaction with postoperative pain treatment is more strongly associated with patients' impressions of improvement and appropriateness of care than their actual pain experience, results of a large international study show.
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'Facing' pain: Proactive Approach Gets Pain Reduction Results
Pain Medicine News
Better pain management does not necessarily require more drugs, an initiative at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, in Hollywood, California, has demonstrated. The health system has improved patient satisfaction by fostering collaboration between patients and providers, having patients set their own treatment goals and expectations, balancing the needs of pain management with physical functioning and encouraging use of nonpharmacologic pain treatments.
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