Help Your Occ Med Customers Ensure a Healthy Return for the Workforce

Help Your Occ Med Customers Ensure a Healthy Return for the Workforce

Workplaces across the country are starting to take steps toward normalcy, with restaurants in many states letting patrons back in or offering outdoor dining options. Retail and office jobs will follow. That doesn’t mean folks feel safe going back after months of working remotely, however, or that precautions shouldn’t be taken to prevent a second wave of COVID-19 infections. Pennsylvania-based St. Luke’s Occupational Medicine, in collaboration with St. Luke’s Behavioral Health, St. Luke’s Fitness Centers, …

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OSHA Puts the Onus on Your Occ Med Clients to Identify and Record Work-Related COVID-19 Cases

OSHA Puts the Onus on Your Occ Med Clients to Identify and Record Work-Related COVID-19 Cases

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has reversed an earlier guidance that suggested there was some discretion in enforcing reporting requirements when it comes to COVID-19 complaints outside of healthcare or emergency response workplaces. As of May 26, OSHA says it classifies COVID-19 as “a potentially recordable illness” and that “employers should be taking action to determine whether employee COVID-19 illnesses are work-related and thus recordable.” As more workplaces move closer to starting on-site work, …

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Some Businesses Are Opening Up—and Need Guidance on Patients with COVID-19 Symptoms

Some Businesses Are Opening Up—and Need Guidance on Patients with COVID-19 Symptoms

Regardless of where you stand in the debate over the appropriate time to “open up” the country and see businesses return to relatively normal operations, it’s clear that there will still be people infected with COVID-19. If you offer occupational medicine services, it’s all but inevitable that some of them will be employed by your clients—who will be looking to you for guidance and care. A new article published online by BusinessTech suggests screening all …

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Occ Med Providers Will Be Truly ‘Essential Businesses’ When Companies Ramp Back Up

Occ Med Providers Will Be Truly ‘Essential Businesses’ When Companies Ramp Back Up

Urgent care operators who offer occupational medicine services will be more valuable than ever once states make the difficult decision to resume “normal” operations and allow businesses to do the same. What that looks like will undoubtedly vary from state to state, but it’s likely that worker testing, examinations,  and workplace hygiene practices will be a subject of great interest for both employers and workers. Occ med providers will be in a great position to …

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Reducing Occ Med Opioid Prescriptions Is Simpler than You Might Think

Reducing Occ Med Opioid Prescriptions Is Simpler than You Might Think

A new study by Mitchell International and the WCF Mutual Insurance Company showed a strong downward trend in prescriptions for opioid medications after relatively simple measures were introduced on the part of the insurer. The number of opioids prescribed fell 56% in 18 months after the company started flagging prescriptions for more than 14 days of medication. When such prescriptions were written, WCF either declined to cover the full amount or flat-out rejected them. Further, …

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Flu Season Carries Potential Benefits—and Risks—for Occupational Medicine Providers

Flu Season Carries Potential Benefits—and Risks—for Occupational Medicine Providers

If you offer occupational medicine services, it’s likely a heavily promoted flu clinic is an annual event. (And if not, why not?) Some providers and companies are taking that a step further by offering free flu shots to employees’ family members, as well. The benefit is multifold: Employees see this as proof that their employer cares about them; you get to introduce yourself and your services to more prospective patients; and the entire practice promotes …

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Keep Valued Occ Med Clients by Helping Them Measure the Value of Your Services

Keep Valued Occ Med Clients by Helping Them Measure the Value of Your Services

You’ve done the hard part—selling your occupational medicine services and delivering on your promise of providing excellent care—but now you have to ensure the client recognizes the value you bring to the table. After all, return-on-investment is only as good as the data demonstrating it. What about return-on-value (ROV), though? As noted in a recent article in Milwaukee Business News’s Biz Times, the subtle difference may point decision-makers in slightly different directions. You should seize …

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Want to Drum Up More Occ Med Business? You Need to Educate Prospective Clients!

Want to Drum Up More Occ Med Business? You Need to Educate Prospective Clients!

For urgent care operators who offer occupational medicine services, the value of those services is self-evident. Likewise, businesses that already count themselves as occ med clients are likely to recognize the benefits for their employees and their own operations. So, where’s the disconnect for those businesses who “don’t need” an occ med provider? The answer may be that they simply don’t get it, if an article posted recently by Personnel Today is any indication. “Many …

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Urgent Care is Forging Inroads in Occ Med—but There’s Still Plenty of Room for Growth

Urgent Care is Forging Inroads in Occ Med—but There’s Still Plenty of Room for Growth

Occupational medicine can be found in more than half of U.S. workplaces, according to newly published data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. If data from the Urgent Care Association are any indication, many of the workers and employers who benefit can thank an urgent care operator for that; nearly 73% of respondents who took part in the UCA’s 2018 Benchmarking Report say they …

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Current Drug Test Data Reflect New Trends in Opioid and Marijuana Use Among Workers

Current Drug Test Data Reflect New Trends in Opioid and Marijuana Use Among Workers

As marijuana use becomes legal in more communities across the country and urgent care providers (among others) get the message that opioid prescriptions have been far too prevalent, the nature of positive drug tests in the U.S. workforce seems to be changing with the times. Based on more than 10 million workplace drug test results in 2018, Quest Diagnostics reports growth in positive results for marijuana, while positive results for most opiates were down vs …

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