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ACOEM Updates Guideline Regarding the Use of Opioids in Safety-Sensitive Jobs
Posted on 16 Jul 2014 by Teresa McLoughlin Rice

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... Read More

Independent Medical Review: A New Wave of Litigation in California
Posted on 16 Jun 2014 by Robert G. Rassp, Esq.

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... Read More

ACOEM Guidance on Marijuana in the Workplace: Keeping Employers Sane Amidst the Reefer Madness
Posted on 24 Apr 2015 by Karen C. Yotis

Karen C. Yotis, Esq., a Feature Resident Columnist for the LexisNexis Workers’ Compensation eNewsletter , provides insights into workplace issues and the nuts and bolts of the workers’ comp world. For a Schedule I drug with no currently... Read More

California: Opioid Medications in the Treatment of Work-Related Injuries
Posted on 1 Oct 2014 by Calif. WCAB Noteworthy Panel Decisions Reporter

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... Read More

2017 RAND Study Evaluates Occupational Disability Guidelines (ODG)
Posted on 22 Jul 2017 by Stuart D. Colburn

RAND Corp. published its review of the (1) Technical Quality and (2) Clinical Acceptance of the Occupational Disability Guidelines (ODG) published by Work Loss Data Institute (WLDI). This paper briefly discusses the RAND report. Who Is Work Loss Data... Read More

Evidence-Based Medicine Can Be Hazardous to Your Health
Posted on 2 Dec 2013 by Robert G. Rassp, Esq.

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... Read More

California: WCAB Panel Takes Strict, Literal Approach to IMR Appeals
Posted on 13 Aug 2015 by Calif. WCAB Noteworthy Panel Decisions Reporter

No material mistake of fact exists when IMR reviewer fails to list the actual reports and records reviewed by the IMR physician In Hacker v. County of San Bernardino-Public Health Department , 2015 Cal. Wrk. Comp. P.D. LEXIS --, the WCAB, in a split... Read More

Can a Successful Workplace Wellness Program Improve A Company’s Stock Market Performance?
Posted on 18 Oct 2013 by Teresa McLoughlin Rice

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... Read More

Narcotics Use Mismanaged: Guidelines Ignored
Posted on 8 Jun 2012 by John Stahl

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... Read More

Trends in Workers’ Compensation Narcotics Use: Avoiding Early Use is Key
Posted on 6 Jun 2012 by John Stahl

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... Read More

Trends in Workers’ Compensation Narcotics Use: Avoiding Early Use is Key
Posted on 6 Jun 2012 by John Stahl

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... Read More

Narcotics Use Mismanaged: Guidelines Ignored
Posted on 8 Jun 2012 by John Stahl

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... Read More

IAIABC and ACOEM Partner for Better Outcomes in Workers' Compensation
Posted on 25 Jun 2010 by LexisNexis Workers' Comp Law Newsroom Staff

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... Read More

New Hip and Groin Disorders Guidelines from ACOEM Now Available
Posted on 25 May 2010 by Robin E. Kobayashi

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... Read More

ACOEM Installs New Officers and Directors
Posted on 18 May 2010 by LexisNexis Workers' Comp Law Newsroom Staff

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... Read More