Western Occupational & Environmental Medical Association
Leading Occupational & Environmental Medicine


Welcome to the WOEMA WINDOW, our e-newsletter sent to members by email on a monthly basis. The newsletter links to this page. Below are the items that appeared in the March 2017 issue.

2017 Western Occupational Health Conference
Wailea Beach Marriott, Maui • September 13 – 16, 2017
Register Today!

The 2017 Western Occupational Health Conference (WOHC) course schedule is now available. Click on the link below to view the full conference agenda, faculty, and session descriptions.

Click here to view the WOHC 2017 Agenda

Tour the Hawaii Civil Support Team (CST) in Oahu

Offered exclusively for WOEMA / ACOEM members! Get an inside view into the operations of a responding civil unit!

Wednesday, September 13, 2017 • 8:00 am – 1:00 pm (HI) on the Island of Oahu

The Hawaii National Guard Civil Support Team (CST) supports civil authorities at domestic Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, and/or Explosive (CBRNE) incident sites.

Learn About: Biological, Radiological, and Chemical Detection • Personal Protection • Unified Command Suite (UCS) • Analytical Lab System (ALS) • Hazard Prediction Assessment

This tour is offered FREE OF CHARGE to WOEMA / ACOEM members who are also attending WOHC on Maui, September 13-17, 2017.

Space is limited. Tour is offered on a first-come, first-served basis.
Those planning to attend should book flights to arrive on Oahu on Tuesday, September 12 to be ready for the tour at 8:00 am the next day.  Tour will end at 1:00 pm, so book your flight to Maui not leaving Oahu any earlier than 3:00 pm on Wednesday, September 13. 
Reserve your own hotel accommodations near the CST worksite tour

Legislative Affairs Committee Update

On March 9, several members of WOEMA’s Legislative Affairs Committee met with Christine Baker, Director, Dept. of Industrial Relations (DIR); George Parisotto, Administrative Director, Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC); Ray Meister, MD, Medical Director, Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC); and Jackie Schauer, Legal Counsel, Division of Workers’ Compensation. At the meeting, WOEMA’s representatives presented ideas and discussed additional collaborations. A brief summary of outcomes of the meeting include the following:

  • DWC shares WOEMA’s goals of improving California’s workers’ compensation system.  WOEMA’s perspective and input does impact DWC’s activities.  Various options for working together were discussed.
  • ACOEM coding – DWC expressed interest in learning more about ACOEM’s proposed coding system.  WOEMA will be exploring ways to provide further education about this initiative.
  • WOEMA workers’ compensation provider credentialing/education – DIR/ DWC enthusiastically supports WOEMA’s goal of improving the quality of provider education and practice.  Further collaborations will be explored.
  • Qualified Medical Examiner (QME) quality – WOEMA and DWC both recognize that QMEs play a critical role in determining the outcome of workers’ compensation cases. They also share a common goal of improving the quality of QME reports. WOEMA leadership will discuss potential steps towards reaching this goal.

 Join Your WOEMA Colleagues in Denver!

A networking reception for WOEMA members will be held during the 2017 American Occupational Health Conference (AOHC) in Denver on Monday, April 24th at 5:45 PM MDT. The reception will be located in the Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel. We hope you’ll plan to join us and connect with your Western friends and colleagues. RSVP to join the mailing list to receive an invitation to this event.

Dr. Dean Gean’s Med Tech Corner

CDC Opioid Guideline Mobile App – A great use of your tax dollars

 Safe prescription of opioids for chronic non-cancer pain is one of the great medical issues of our age. The new CDC 2016 Opioid Guidelines App effectively outlines and summarizes the CDC Guidelines. It can be used with patients in real time for opioid prescribing. The App contains a MME* calculator (The CDC Guidelines uses “MME” (= Morphine Milligram Equivalents), this is synonymous to MED (= Morphine Equivalent Dose), brief summaries of key recommendations, a Key Points glossary, motivational interviewing questions, and the entire text of the 2016 Opioid Guidelines.

It’s free and, under “Resources” contains an amazingly useful set of clinical tools including Fact Sheets for patients (and physicians!), a Checklist for prescribing opioids for chronic pain, A Pocket Guide for Tapering Opioids, and Infographic Guidelines for Primary Care Providers.

What distinguishes this from other opioid Guideline apps is that the complex information in the Guideline is displayed in a series of well-defined and startlingly clear infographics, some aimed at clinicians, some at patients. These lay out very clearly the steps and monitoring points recommended for prescription of chronic opioids. This makes the information very accessible and usable.

If you prescribe opioids this App is for you. Incredibly useful, and amazingly simple to use. The quality of the information is first rate, and you just can’t beat the price.

Highly recommended! 


The CDC Opioid Prescribing Guideline Mobile Application (App) serves as a quick reference guide for healthcare professionals to help apply the recommendations of the CDC Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain in clinical practice. The tool is intended to educate providers about the prescription opioid overdose epidemic and to inform clinical decision-making


Reference guide.


Apple (iOS)



Apple Store

Google Play




MMWR CDC Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain — United States, 2016 – March 18, 2016 / 65(1);1–49