Health en Making Value-Based Medical Care Work in an Occupational Setting <div class="field-byline"> By Greg Vanichkachorn, M.D. </div> <div class="field-deck"> Occupational physicians can and should use evidence-based care to improve outcomes for employees while reducing risk and costs for employers. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>The U.S. healthcare system has undergone significant changes over the years. One transformation that likely will stand the test of time is the industry&#39;s transition from fee-for-service to value-based care payment models, which helps reduce cost while improving quality.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Health Tue, 17 Jan 2017 16:02:00 +0000 52381 at OSHA Fines CM Truck Beds $535,411 for Two Dozen Violations <div class="field-deck"> Agency discovers trucking company failed to provide respirator fit tests, machine guards, welding protection and did not properly label chemicals. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>OSHA recently discovered two dozen violations at BigTex Trailer Manufacturing Inc. after a complaint of unsafe working conditions at the company.</p> <p>Oklahoma-based BigTex Trailer Manufacturing Inc., which operates as CM Truck Beds, racked up $535, 411 in fines for 20 serious violations, one willful and three repeated violations.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Health Industrial Hygiene Safety News OSHA Enforcement Tue, 17 Jan 2017 14:55:00 +0000 52371 at Sincerely Stefanie: Employees Should Stay Home When Sick <div class="field-deck"> Even when you think you aren't contagious, you might still be. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>I had an eventful holiday season. I went to three different houses, visited my family and watched as many of them came down with the stomach flu.</p> <p>The issue began with my niece two days before Christmas Eve. Usually bubbly and charismatic, she was confined to her bed. Sparing the details, my mother took care of her, cleaning up the mess and making sure she had plenty of fluids.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Health Fri, 13 Jan 2017 18:35:00 +0000 52341 at Sandy Says: The Eyes Have It <div class="field-deck"> A survey commissioned by the American Academy of Ophthalmology found that the majority of U.S. adults have eye problems, but most don't seek help. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>A recent survey found that nearly two out of three American adults report having eye or vision problems, but most of them fail to have regular eye exams that could predict or prevent serious problems. Add me to the list.</p> <p>Four years ago, I got Lasik surgery on my eyes. Having worn glasses (and later, contact lenses) since I was in second grade, the surgery was like a miracle. I wake up in the morning and I can see!</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Eye, Face & Head Health Thu, 12 Jan 2017 18:46:00 +0000 52271 at EHS Today Takes Workplace Wellness to a Whole New Level <div class="field-byline"> By John Hitch </div> <div class="field-deck"> It's a treadmill. It's a desk. But can it put our writer on path towards healthier living? </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>It doesn&#39;t seem that long ago I could run a six-minute mile. I could still feel the pain in my chest &ndash; like a gorilla is giving me CPR &ndash; after a run. And the wanting to drink a gallon of water and die part. I remember that, too.</p> <p>But that was half a life ago, back in the Navy, when I was forced to run. Then I got out and ran less and less, blaming achy knees and an overall hatred of running. Sometime during my wife&#39;s first pregnancy, I lost the will to work out all together, though my ability to kill a pint of Ben and Jerry&#39;s went up exponentially.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Health Wellness Thu, 12 Jan 2017 18:21:00 +0000 52261 at EHSFIT: Finding Time for Fitness <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>Get up. Let the dogs out. Make coffee. Figure out breakfast. Shower. Commute. Work. Run. Home. Clean the house. Find time for friends and family.</p> <p>From the time I wake up in the morning to the time I get to the office, two-and-a-half to three hours of the day already is gone.</p> <p>Deadlines. Commute home. Dinner. &nbsp;Friends? Cleaning. Sleep.</p> <p>Finding time for fitness can be hard. Juggling obligations and prioritizing things that need to get done can be difficult. So, where do I find 8 to 10 hours per week to run? The simple answer is I don&rsquo;t.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Health Wellness EHS OutLoud Blog Thu, 12 Jan 2017 17:31:00 +0000 52251 at Businesses Spend More Than $1 Billion a Week on Serious, Nonfatal Workplace Injuries <div class="field-deck"> New research from Liberty Mutual places a dollar amount on the cost of serious, nonfatal workplace injuries to American businesses. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>According to the 2017 <a href="" target="_blank"><em>Liberty Mutual Workplace Safety Index</em></a>, serious, nonfatal workplace injuries now amount to nearly $60 billion in direct U.S. workers&rsquo; compensation costs per year. This translates into more than $1 billion dollars a week spent by businesses on these injuries.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Health Safety News Wed, 11 Jan 2017 19:19:00 +0000 52231 at <p>Overexertion involving outside sources ranked first among the leading causes of disabling injury.</p> Thinkstock Proposed PHIT Act Legislation Aims to Allow Pre-Tax Dollars for Fitness <div class="field-deck"> The PHIT Act calls for pre-tax medical accounts to be used for health and wellness activities, not just hospital visits. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>A tax bill making its way through Congress is aiming to shape the way the American public utilizes health savings accounts to focus on prevention, not just treatment.</p> <p>The Personal Health Investment Today (PHIT) Act, first introduced to the house in March 2015 and more recently to the Senate in November 2015, is a bi-partisan supported proposal that would allow medical account tax deductions to be applied to some specified costs associated with staying active.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Health News Tue, 10 Jan 2017 15:23:00 +0000 52151 at Safety Tips to Prevent Winter-Related Workplace Accidents <div class="field-deck"> A strong safety culture extends to all seasons, even in winter when cold stress is common among outdoor workers. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>This time of year, cold stress that can result in hypothermia or frostbite is a hazard of which employers must be aware, particularly if they have outdoor workers. With the right preparation and presence of mind, both employers and employees can prevent these injuries.</p> <p>One of the most effective prevention techniques is adopting the attitude that safety is an area of responsibility for everyone in the organization &ndash;&nbsp;both the employer and workers. Companies must initiate and reinforce safety protocols and clearly spell out safety responsibilities and expectations.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Environment Health Safety News Mon, 09 Jan 2017 18:25:00 +0000 52141 at Thinkstock Top 10 Workplace Trends: Data Is Still Big, Greater Emphasis on Employees’ Needs [Photo Gallery] <div class="node-body gallery-body"><p>Industrial-organizational (I-O) psychologists study workplace issues of critical relevance to business, including talent management, coaching, assessment, selection, training, organizational development, performance and work&ndash;life balance. What workplace needs are I-O psychologists predicting businesses will want to address in 2017?</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Galleries Health Galleries Mon, 09 Jan 2017 15:22:00 +0000 52121 at