ACOEM Installs New Officers and Directors

ELK GROVE, IL - Natalie P. Hartenbaum, MD, MPH, FACOEM, is the new president of the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM), an international medical society of more than 4,000 occupational and environmental medicine physicians and allied health professionals. Dr. Hartenbaum...

New Hip and Groin Disorders Guidelines from ACOEM Now Available

Latest update to Occupational Medicine Practice Guidelines includes more than 200 treatment options ELK GROVE VILLAGE, IL - The American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM) yesterday published new medical treatment guidelines for providing care to workers with injuries and disorders...

IAIABC and ACOEM Partner for Better Outcomes in Workers' Compensation

MADISON, WI - The International Association of Industrial Accident Boards and Commissions (IAIABC) and the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM) have announced a partnership aimed at promoting better outcomes of injuries and illnesses in the United States’ workers’...

Trends in Workers’ Compensation Narcotics Use: Avoiding Early Use is Key

By John Stahl, Esq. A May 2012 report from the National Council on Compensation Insurance Holdings, Inc. , (NCCI) addressed the conclusions of the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM) that “the overuse of opioid therapy to treat chronic pain conditions is becoming...

Narcotics Use Mismanaged: Guidelines Ignored

The most disturbing conclusion that the Workers’ Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) presented in a webinar entitled “Use of Narcotics and Compliance with Guidelines” was that many workers’ compensation claimants (claimants) who were prescribed narcotics were not provided recommended...

Can a Successful Workplace Wellness Program Improve A Company’s Stock Market Performance?

By Teresa McLoughlin Rice, Esq. As companies grapple with ever-increasing healthcare costs, an intriguing notion that boosting employee health and safety can also boost company profitability, has been gaining traction. To test the soundness of this premise, HealthNEXT LLC recently undertook a study...

Evidence-Based Medicine Can Be Hazardous to Your Health

By Robert G. Rassp, Esq. The current trend across the country is to require evidence-based medicine for treatment of employees who are injured on the job. Statutory and regulatory mandates are emerging on a state-by-state basis. Stakeholders within the workers’ compensation community are not...

Independent Medical Review: A New Wave of Litigation in California

Recent noteworthy panel decisions show that the applicant would be wise to present all relevant medical reports and records, and citations to the MTUS, ACOEM, ODG, or other nationally accepted medical standards to the IMR reviewer, and that when a material mistake of fact occurs during the IMR process...

ACOEM Updates Guideline Regarding the Use of Opioids in Safety-Sensitive Jobs

ACOEM tightens guidelines, cautions against the use of opioids in any safety sensitive job, not just motor vehicle driving Much has been written lately on the increased use—both licit and illicit—of opioids. Against this backdrop, concern is mounting over the impact this usage may have...

California: Opioid Medications in the Treatment of Work-Related Injuries

According to the Department of Industrial Relations Director Christine Baker, “ opioid misuse is a national concern ”. As a result of this “misuse”, the Division of Workers’ Compensation recently posted proposed “ Guidelines for the Use of Opioids to Treat Work Related...