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Overcoming the odds in workers’ compensation medical management

November 26, 2013 - Posted by Karen.Wolfe

The major league baseball success story, Moneyball, describes “sabermetrics” – the quest for objective knowledge about the game.

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Topics: compliance, occupational health, employee health, illness prevention, presenteeism

Industries grapple with business necessity of employee flu vaccination

November 19, 2013 - Posted by Karen O'Hara

In a recent post, I discussed the rights of healthcare organizations to mandate flu vaccinations and for employees to decline them. Other types of industries are also wrestling with this issue. Many employers have business needs, worker protection and public health concerns that may justify a flu vaccine policy.

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Topics: compliance, occupational health, employee health, illness prevention, absenteeism, employees, workplace wellness

DART rates and nursing homes

May 17, 2012 - Posted by Dr. Scott Harris

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 who, along with other staff, provide nursing and continuous personal care services.”

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Topics: training, compliance, occupational health, workplace safety, OSHA, healthcare, return to work, employee health, occupational safety, injury prevention, OSHA DART rate, absenteeism, workforce, employees, ergonomics, OSHA recordkeeping, department of labor

Targeted for an OSHA inspection this year?

May 03, 2012 - Posted by Dr. Scott Harris

In a September 9, 2011 directive, Federal OSHA details their Site-Specific Targeting 2011 Inspection Plan. In short, if you fit the profile outlined in the 46-page directive, you should expect a comprehensive inspection this year. The program does not include construction worksites, and the eligibility threshold is changed from 40 employees to 20.

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Topics: training, compliance, occupational health, workplace safety, OSHA, healthcare, return to work, injury prevention, illness prevention, OSHA DART rate, workforce, OSHA recordkeeping, department of labor

Code accurately to maximize reimbursement

March 09, 2012 - Posted by Terri Scales

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 or complaint.

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Topics: compliance, occupational health, healthcare, ICD-10, employee health, hospital

OSHA announces new online Outreach Training Program providers

January 12, 2012 - Posted by Todd Hohn

We are excited to announce that UL has been chosen by OSHA as an authorized training provider as part of their Outreach Training Program. OSHA has been committed to ensuring that the caliber of their online programs match their dedication to the health and safety of employees and their workplaces.

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Topics: training, compliance, occupational health, workplace safety, OSHA, healthcare, occupational safety, department of labor

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

November 21, 2011 - Posted by Dr. Bill Newkirk

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 cases with days away from work for nursing aides, orderlies and attendants increased 10 percent from the previous year.

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Topics: compliance, occupational health, workplace safety, OSHA, healthcare, occupational safety, injury prevention, hospital, safety culture, department of labor

New OSHA inspection initiative focuses on healthcare

November 11, 2011 - Posted by Todd Hohn

We knew it was coming: OSHA has announced an initiative to crack down on healthcare industries by initiating special emphasis programs to address alarming injury stats in healthcare environments. Newly released data from The U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics confirms that the incident rate for nonfatal occupational injuries is increasing among healthcare workers. In response, Dr. David Michaels, Assistant Secretary of Labor for OSHA, last week announced an inspection initiative designed to decrease workplace dangers to health employees.

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Topics: compliance, occupational health, workplace safety, OSHA, healthcare, employee health, occupational safety, injury prevention, illness prevention, hospital, employees, department of labor

Sports lessons for EHS pros

October 28, 2011 - Posted by Eric Glass

Game #7: St. Louis Cardinals vs. Texas Rangers.

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Topics: training, compliance, occupational health, workplace safety, healthcare, occupational safety, injury prevention, workforce, employees, human resources, safety culture, workplace

OSHA in healthcare - key questions

October 20, 2011 - Posted by Dr. Scott Harris

We had a great turnout for the webinar I hosted today, sponsored by PureSafety. That's not surprising given the importance of the topic - OSHA in Healthcare: Out of Sight, Out of Mind. Healthcare has eleven million employees across thousands of sites, incident rates far higher than general industry norms, complaints driving half of hospital inspections and millions of nosocomial infections and fatalities per year.

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Topics: compliance, occupational health, workplace safety, OSHA, healthcare, hospital, OSHA recordkeeping