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September 01, 2004 9:46 PM
Workers' Compensation News - September 1, 2004 Volume 2 Issue 235

 --OSHA Identifies Hazards and Risks of World Trade Center 911 Worksite 

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CIVILIAN EMPLOYEES WORKING FOR THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT LACK COMPENSATION
http://www.linehanpc.com/images/scan0.pdf

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CALIFORNIA

TWO FINANCIAL TITANS AVOID CARING FOR INJURED WORKER
Injured woman spends her retirement funds, still can't get care. A claimant has been waiting and waiting for temporary disability
benefits or medical treatment for over a year.

RX FOR WORKERS' COMPENSATION
Kaiser, Sutter spot business opportunity
Two of the Bay Area's largest hospital and health-care systems -- Kaiser Permanente and Sutter Health -- are aggressively gearing up to provide new medical networks for employers as part of workers' compensation reforms slated to take effect in January. 
San Francisco Business Times
http://msnbc.msn.com/id/5843665/

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COMPUTER WORK DAMAGES YOUR BACK
Slumping in front of a computer or the TV for hours at a time may damage important back muscles, a study has found. Australian researchers studied a group of 19 young men who spent eight weeks in bed. They found that the lack of movement weakened the muscles that support and protect the spine. The researchers said hours sat at a computer could have the same effect, adding the pain was as bad as having a physical injury. The study suggests that long periods of inactivity may be to blame. Researchers from the University of Queensland found that the support muscles of the men in the study were inactivated in a very similar way to those of lower-back pain patients. The research team say they have continued to monitor some of the volunteers for six months and their back muscles have still to recover, despite exercise.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/3597468.stm

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CMS Presentation for Attorneys at the National Organization of Social Security Claimants Representatives Conference NOSSCR Nov. 11-13, 2004 at Philadelphia Marriott
Maximizing and Expediting Workers' Compensation Recoveries While Navigating the Treacherous Waters of the Medicare Secondary Payer Act
http://www.gelmans.com/FrontEnd/ReadingRoom/vwArticle.asp?ArticleId=512&PracticeAreaId=-1
NOSSCR's semi-annual meeting Philadelphia, PA - November 10-13, 2004. The National Organization of Social Security Claimants Representatives has been actively following all developments concerning the impact of CMS on other programs.
http://www.nosscr.org

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QUOTE OF INTEREST
Pity the poor California workers. Codification of these AMA "death before disability" guidelines in Texas reduced the number of workers receiving supplemental payments for severe injuries by 96 percent between 1991 and 1993. Despite an increase in the number of claims, less than one worker in 7000 was disabled enough to obtain compensation. (M. Quint, Crackdown on Job Injury Costs, NYT Mar. 16, 1995) This is not a new idea. On January 15, 1935, representatives of many of the biggest industrial corporations in the US met to develop an offensive strategy against dust disease claims. One of their ideas was to enlist "the cooperation of the American Medical Association in setting up approved and authoritative standards of diagnosis and correction." (Another enduring idea they had was "authoritative standards for the control of industrial dusts, which, if complied with by industries or industrial companies, will act as a defense against personal injury suits." That came just before ACGIH, AIHA, and the Vs.) Dr. Barry Castleman

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