Citizens, Taxpayers and Concerned Scientists Urge Transparency In Workers’ Comp Medical Association Guidelines Used To Determine Environmentally Injured Worker’s Comp Insurer Benefits & Request Government Oversight To Curtail Insurer Cost Shifting Onto Taxpayer Funded Disability Programs For Work Related Injuries

On November 28, 2010, over ninety physicians, scientists, injured workers, employers, citizens and taxpayers sent a request to the occupational physician trade organization, the  American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM) to include public comment before finalizing their 2010 Revisions (March 2011 AOHC Session # 2207) to their highly controversial policy over mold induced illnesses, established in 2002.  To assure transparency and scientific accuracy in US health policy, fair workers comp insurer claims handling practices, and to assure that US health policy guidelines established by private sector physician organizations are in the US work force and public’s best interest; a Request for Oversight of ACOEM’s policy and intended revisions was sent to President Obama, Attorney General Holder, HHS Secretary Sebelius, the Senate HELP Committee and the Congressional Education and Labor Committee. Comments by concerned scientists, physicians and the public made be read in the “Request for Oversight” link. The letter to which the comments and requests for private sector medical org transparency and federal government oversight were attached, reads as follows:
November 28, 2010
FROM: Ninety Concerned Scientists,
Physicians, Hygienists, Attorneys, Injured
Workers, Employers, Citizens & Taxpayers
CONTACT: Sharon Kramer, Snk1955@aol.com
Tele 760-746-8026 Fax 760-746-7540
TO: The Officers, Delegates and Directors,
American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM)
25 Northwest Point Blvd., Suite 700
Elk Grove Village, Illinois, 60007-1030 Fax: 847-818-9266
RE: Request for a two week public and ACOEM general member comment period prior to finalization of proposed revisions to the ACOEM health policy statement, “Adverse Human Health Effects Associated with Molds in the Indoor Environment” Copyright © 2002
ACOEM Officers, Delegates and Directors:
President Natalie P. Hartenbaum,
MD, MPH, FACOEM;
OccuMedix
Vice President Karl Auerbach,
MD, MBA, MS, FACOEM
University of Rochester
Past President Pamela A. Hymel,
MD, MPH, FACOEM;
Disney Parks and Resorts
Speaker Alan Engelberg,
MD, MPH, FACOEM;
Sloan-Kettering Cancer Ctr
Employee Health Service
Barry Eisenberg
Executive Director, ACOEM
Anthony D. Burton,
MD, FACOEM;
General Motors
Ronald R. Loeppke,
MD, MPH, FACOEM;
U.S. Preventive Medicine, Inc
Marianne Cloeren,
MD, MPH, FACOEM;
Managed Care Advisors, Inc
Michael G. Holland,
MD, FACOEM;
Center for Occupational Health
William G. Buchta,
MD, MPH, MS, FACOEM;
Mayo Clinic
Brian C. Svazas,
MD, MPH, FACOEM;
Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory
President-Elect T. Warner Hudson III,
MD, FAAFP, FACOEM;
UCLA Health System
Secretary-Treasurer Beth A. Baker
MD, MPH, FACOEM;
Specialists in OEM
Recorder Melissa A. Bean,
DO, FACOEM;
Conventry Workers Comp Services
Speaker-Elect Daniel M. Janiga,
MD, MPH, FACOEM;
Occupational Health Consultants of
Minnesota, Inc
Marianne Dreger
Director of Communications, ACOEM
Marilyn V. Howarth,
MD, FACOEM;
Univ of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
Mark A. Roberts,
MD, MPH, PhD, FACOEM;
Exponent, Inc.
Michael L. Fischman,
MD, MPH, FACOEM;
Fischman Occ & Env Medicine Group
James A. Tacci,
MD, JD, MPH, FACOEM;
Xerox Corporation
James P. Seward,
MD, MPP, MMM, FACOEM;
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Charles M. Yarborough III,
MD, MPH, FACOEM;
Lockheed Martin Corporation
Dear Dr. Hartenbaum, Officers and Directors of ACOEM,
It has recently come to our attention that ACOEM is drafting revisions to their 2002 health policy statement on water damaged building induced illnesses; and that these revisions will be shared with occupational medicine practitioners and other medical specialties at the upcoming March 2011, American Occupational Health Conference in Washington, DC, Session #2207.
The policies and guidelines that ACOEM writes establish treatment protocols that ACOEM and other physicians use when examining workers who have been exposed to microbial contaminants (mold, etc) that are found in water damaged work environments. They are used to establish US public health policy and US teaching hospital protocols and practices.
Additionally, they are used to establish or deny workers compensation insurance benefits for those workers claiming injury from water damaged workplaces; and to direct employers, building owners and others of the potential need to remediate the damaged buildings. These directives given for remediation also potentially impact the health and safety of employees and other occupants of water damaged buildings before, during and after a remediation.
As such, the revisions ACOEM is drafting today will impact the physical well being of employees and all types of occupants of water damaged buildings tomorrow. The revisions will financially affect employers, property managers, builders, building owners and their workers comp, property casualty & health insurers. They will impact how US physicians address symptoms in workers and occupants who are exposed to the damaged building contaminants after a water loss; and exposed before, during and after remediation.
Because of the large number of US citizens, US workers and US businesses that have been impacted by ACOEM’s mold policy and guidelines in the past with many more to be impacted by the revisions in the future; we are requesting that ACOEM display their newly proposed revisions to their 2002 mold position statement on the ACOEM web site, http://www.acoem.org, for the purpose of a two week public, ACOEM member, and general scientific & medical community comment period prior to finalization.
Please let us know if and when the leadership of the largest US occupational physician association, ACOEM, will make the proposed revisions publicly available for review and comment; so the general public, ACOEM members and other physicians may assist the leaders of ACOEM to establish policy by which we all can live. Thank you in advance for allowing those affected by the guidelines that ACOEM directors endorse today; to have a voice in the health policies that ACOEM establishes for us all tomorrow.
Sincerely,
Ninety, Issue Educated and Concerned
Copied:
US Federal Interagency Committee on Indoor Air Quality, EPA; CIAQ@epa.gov
Executive Director, Phillip Jalbert
US Congressional Education, Labor Committee fx: 202-226-5398
Chair: George Miller, D-CA Ranking Member: John Kline, R-MN
US Senate Health, Education, Labor & Pension Committee fx: 202-224-5128
Chair: Tom Harkin, D-IA Ranking Member: Michael Enzi, R-WY
US Department of Health and Human Services fx: 202-690-7203
Secretary Kathleen Sebelius
US Department of Justice fx: 202-307-6777
Attorney General Eric Holder
US White House fx: 202-456-2461
President Barack Obama
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