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People and Events

Dreger, Marianne

Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine: January 2008 - Volume 50 - Issue 1 - p 105
doi: 10.1097/JOM.0b013e31816347a6
People and Events

Department Editor

The Winter Workers’ Compensation Conference 2008 (WWCC 2008) will take place February 5–6 at the Loews Coronado Bay Resort in San Diego, Calif. This event is presented by Health Connections Networks’ HCN-California, and jointly sponsored by the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM) and Sharp Rees-Stealy Medical Group. The target audience for WWCC 2008 is providers and practices, nurse case managers, risk managers, employers, claims administrators, insurance carriers, attorneys, insurance brokers, workers’ compensation industry leaders, and state and national public policy makers.

The featured keynote speaker will be Edward Bernacki, MD, MPH, Past President of ACOEM, and Director of the Division of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, and Executive Director of Health, Safety and Environment at Johns Hopkins University. Additional speakers on February 5 will include Gideon Letz, MD, MPH, who will speak on “Preventing Needless Disability: Why Do We Care and What Can We Do?”; Retired Judge Susan England, whose topic is “The Medical Uglies – MPN & UR – Update on Case Law”; Carrie Nevans on “California Reform Report Card, with Emerging Trends and Issues and UR Update from DWC”; “Workers’ Compensation Claim Development” by Larry Yuspeh; and Christopher Brigham, MD, MMS, on “The Crippling of America – Preventing Needless Disability.”

Presentations on February 6 include “Treatment in the California Workers’ Compensation System” by Anne Searcy, MD, MPH; “Variables that Effect Workers’ Compensation Costs and Strategies” by Edward Bernacki, MD, MPH; “Improving Disability Management: The Role of the ACOEM Guidelines” by Barry Eisenberg, CAE; “Managing Workers’ Compensation from a Quality Perspective” by Lois Porzio, MA; and panelists Joseph Marty, Charles Mooney, MD, MPH, and Edward Bernacki, MD, MPH, on “Solutions to the Work Comp Communications Challenge.”

ACOEM designates this educational activity for a maximum of 10 AMA PRA Category l Credit(s)™. For additional program information and on-line registration, visit, or contact Dana Parker, Conference Coordinator, at

Two ACOEM courses, Commercial Driver Medical Examiner and Medical Review Officer (MRO) I Fast Track, will be held February 29 to March 2 at the Sheraton Tampa Riverwalk, Tampa, Fla.

The updated “Commercial Driver Medical Examiner” is scheduled for one full day on February 29. This course is for the physician, physician’s assistant, advanced practice nurse, occupational health nurse, or other health care professional responsible for or involved in certifying the eight million truck and bus drivers on the road who are required to meet 13 interstate federal medical requirements. An added value of a “certificate of completion” opportunity is available to those who attend the course, successfully complete the self-administered post-course examination, and turn in the required documentation to ACOEM. It is ACOEM’s intent that this course will meet the eventual educational requirements of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s proposed National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners. ACOEM designates this activity for a maximum of 7.5 AMA PRA category 1 credit(s)™. Natalie Hartenbaum, MD, MPH, FACOEM, is the course director.

The “MRO I Fast Track” is scheduled for 1.5 days on March 1–2 and is designed for physicians and other collection and health care professionals who are familiar with basic substance abuse testing procedures. This course fully meets the Department of Transportation’s MRO qualification training requirements and is appropriate for MROs who seek the required CME hours for initial certification or recertification opportunities. ACOEM designates this educational activity for a maximum of 12 AMA PRA category 1 credit(s)™. ACOEM’s MRO courses are directed by Kent Peterson, MD, FACOEM.

The Medical Review Officer Certification Council (MROCC) holds its certifying exam following the MRO I Fast Track course. For exam registration and details contact MROCC directly at 847/303-7210.

For additional information or course registration, contact ACOEM, 25 Northwest Point Blvd, Ste 700, Elk Grove Village, IL 60007; telephone: 847/818-1800; fax: 847/818-9266; Web site:

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