It has been an exciting and rewarding year as WOEMA president. I’ve been humbled by the talent and energy of WOEMA members who work together to create and implement policies, educational programs, and other achievements.
I’m now running for a position on the ACOEM Board of Directors for next year, after my WOEMA presidency finishes. I’ve been active in ACOEM intermittently for many years, and during the past 3 years have been part of the Clinical Practice Work Group on a project to rework billing codes used in Workers’ Comp so as to improve compensation for quality care and documentation, and to issue an ACOEM position paper on UR in WC. I’ve previously been part of the AOHC planning committee as well.
One factor is particularly important this year and is one driver of my candidacy for the ACOEM Board: Paul Papanek is running for Vice President of ACOEM, a position leading to the ACOEM presidency. Paul would make a superb ACOEM president, and I would be honored to serve on the Board during his term.
I won’t delve into the inside-baseball details here, but there are changes afoot at ACOEM that offer a huge opportunity to move our parent organization to a higher level of prominence in public affairs, which holds the promise to help all our careers and to move national policy toward better protection of workers and the environment, while making regulatory systems such as WC more efficient and fair.
I ask for your vote, and for you to vote for our own Paul Papanek as well. The deadline to vote is soon – vote today!