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Workers' Compensation News - January 25, 2004 Volume 2 Issue 4

Jon 6567

Silica Exposure and Systemic Vasculitis: Work in Department of Energy (DOE) facilities has exposed workers to multiple toxic agents leading to acute and chronic diseases. Many exposures were common to numerous work sites. Exposure to crystalline silica was primarily restricted to a few facilities. -- President Bush Recognizes $2 Billion Federal Workers' Compensation Losses: The cost of Federal workplace injuries, when measured by workers' compensation losses, is more than $2 billion and 2 million lost production days annually. In fiscal year 2003, the Federal workforce of almost 2.7 million filed more than 168,000 injury claims. -- Amicus to "twist government's arm" on corporate crime: A trade union says it intends to increase the pressure on ministers if the government fails to introduce a corporate killing law.  

Workers' Compensation News - September 27, 2004 Volume 2 Issue 238 Workers' Compensation News - September 27, 2004 Volume 2 Issue 238

Jon 6521

 A Failed System of Health Care Delivery: The Workers’ Compensation System in New Jersey, Rutgers Law Record, Rutgers Newark School of Law, Vol. 28 Rutgers L. Rec. 3 (May 1, 2004) published Saturday, 25 September, 2004; internet site: (Report to the Labor Committee, NJ Assembly, recommendations for reform of the Workers Compensation system).

First HIPPA Conviction Results in Jail Sentance

Jon 5757

 A 42 year old male from in Seattle, Washington pleaded guilty today in federal court in Seattle to wrongful disclosure of individually identifiable health information for economic gain. This is the first criminal conviction in the United States under the health information privacy provisions of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) which became effective in April, 2003. Those provisions made it illegal to wrongfully disclose personally identifiable health information.

NIOSH Alert Issued: Preventing Lung Disease in Workers Who Use or Make Flavorings

Jon 5237

 The occurrence of severe lung disease in workers who make flavorings or use them to produce microwave popcorn has revealed an unrecognized occupational health risk. Flavorings are often complex mixtures of many chemicals [Conning 2000]. The safety of these chemicals is usually established for humans consuming small amounts in food [Pollitt 2000], not for food industry workers inhaling them

CMS Will No Longer Allow Administrative Costs to Be Charged To The Set-Aside Arrangement

Jon 6867

CMS issued a memorandum on prohibiting costs to be chargeable against Medicare set-aside arrangement funds.The purpose of this All Regional Administrators memorandum is to replace the policy that was outlined in the answers to questions in the All Associate Regional Administrators (ARA) memorandum concerning Workers’ Compensation Commutation of Future Benefits (issued on July 23, 2001, attached) and in the answer to question seven from the April 21, 2003 Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ).

Workers' Compensation News - July 28, 2004 Volume 2 Issue 230

Jon 4965

NEW JERSEY: MORRIS COUNTY BARS AND RESTURANTS BRACE FOR SMOKING BAN. "Bars and restaurants are public accommodations and shouldn't be allowed to have carcinogens in the air," said Regina Carlson, executive director of the New Jersey Group Against Smoking Pollution, known as NJGASP. 

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