Rich Elmore has posted a most excellent Health Wonk Review: Special Edition on Health Care Reform, which might also be called the "when pigs fly" edition. It has a good roundup of the health policy blogosphere's reaction to the landmark legislation and a handy, must-see one page info-graphic of the time line.
Prevention in Health Reform - at the NIOSH Science Blog, John Howard, the Director of National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, summarizes prevention provisions in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and their implications for workplace safety and health.
Frequency - At Comp Time, Roberto Ceniceros looks at the way that health care reform might impact workers comp claim frequency. He explains that the data in this area is thin, but elicits some educated opinions on the topic.
More grim news from China - In addition to the increasingly desperate search for 153 miners which we discussed earlier this week, Ken Ward reports that in a different China mine, 12 miners have been killed and another 32 are missing.
Lifesaver - HR Daily Advisor tells us that survival rates for out-of-hospital cardiac arrest are only about 5% due to the length of time it takes to get treatment to the victim. The sooner defibrillation is started, the more likely the victim will survive. A recent series of posts discuss the benefits of adding an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) as part of a corporate wellness program. "OSHA says that immediate use of an AED can result in a 90 percent survival rate. With each minute of delay, however, nearly 10 percent fewer survive." A follow-up post discusses related legal and training issues
Food processing - At The Pump Handle, Carlos Rich makes the case for food processing companies to treat workers more like humans and less like machines. We agree. Meatpacking and poultry processing plants are some of the most notorious environments for safety today. Many also play fast and loose with employment laws.
New blog finds
- Fair Warning - "...an online nonprofit publication that seeks to provide robust, public interest journalism on issues of health, safety and corporate conduct." The publication promises investigative journalism, legal and regulatory news, and reports from think tanks, academics, and advocacy groups.
- Work Safety Blog from Blog4Safety - bills itself as "Your online resource for safety information, safety tips, and safety compliance." It's not a new blog, posts go back to 2008, but it is a new discovery for us. The blog is sponsored by The blog content has been provided by Texas America Safety Company (T.a.s.c.o.).
9/11 suit back to bargaining table - Southern District of New York Judge Alvin K. Hellerstein surprised a lot of people when he rejected the proposed $575+ million settlement for 9/11 first responders. His complaints? The settlement paid to victims was too little. Read more from law.com: 9/11 Lawyers Return to Bargaining Table to Refine Settlement.
- Putting a Dollar Figure on a Doctor's Worth to a Hospital - WSJ's Health Blog offers a chart of a doctor's worth to a hospital in terms of annual revenue.
- April is Alcohol Awareness Month. See Drug Free Workplace Kit from the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.
- Workers Comp will not be federalized. Period. Joe Paduda tells us why at Managed Care Matters.
- Top 10 office annoyances - SafetyNewsAlert gives us the rundown on what bugs your colleagues.
- Obesity: A complex issue for workers' comp - Complex Care Blog follows our recent obesity post with some additional links to good resources on the topic of obesity,