Welcome to the Association of PAs in
Occupational Medicine

The Association of PAs in Occupational Medicine (APAOM) was founded in 1981 as the American Academy of Physician Assistants in Occupational Medicine (AAPA-OM) as an educational organization to represent physician assistants (PAs) who share a common interest and role in the care of the working person and prevention of workplace illness and injury. In addition to serving as the voice and advocate of PAs in occupational medicine, APAOM strives to promote continuing education for its members, to provide PA employment information to Occupational Medicine physicians, and to strengthen the role of PAs by supporting and encouraging membership in AAPA and other occupational medicine societies.


Have you been getting more and more questions about COVID-19 workplace protections?

Here is a link to ACOEMs Covid-19 resource center which discusses employee protection, Covid-19 positive employees, workplace contract tracing and other Covid-19 related questions:

https://acoem.org/COVID-19-Resource-Center/COVID-19-Q-A-Forum


There is a new alternative to CPAP for sleep apnea called Inspire. This has potential impact on our CDL patients. See the link below for their website. A polysomnogram is done approximately 3 months after device implantation to document effectiveness. The device can be interrogated like CPAP to document usage.

www.InspireSleep.com 


Can your employer mandate Covid-19 testing?

See the link below regarding Covid-19 and the ADA as it applies to the workspace:

 https://www.eeoc.gov/wysk/what-you-should-know-about-covid-19-and-ada-rehabilitation-act-and-other-eeo-laws?utm_content=&utm_medium=email&utm_name=&utm_source=govdelivery&utm_term=


The FMCSA has extended the expiration dates for Medical Examiner certificates. The Medical Examiner certificate is now valid through September 30, 2020.

Requirements for eligibility for this extension and more information can be obtained at the following link: https://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/emergency/notice-enforcement-policy-regarding-expiring-drivers-licenses-and-medical-examiners


The U.S. Coast Guard has extended the expiration dates for Merchant Mariner and Pilot credentials to December 31, 2020.

More information can be obtained at the following link: https://www.dco.uscg.mil/Portals/9/DCO%20Documents/5p/MSIB/2020/MSIB-08-20-CH2.pdf


“Is It Safe for Me to Go to Work?” Risk Stratification for Workers during the Covid-19 Pandemic

https://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMp2013413?query=pfwNGTp&jwd=000101599298&jspc=


COVID-19 Screening and Suspension of Select     Occ Med Services due to COVID-19

COVID-19 and Occ Med Changes 3-2020 pdf.pdf

FMCSA grants emergency relief to motor carriers and drivers who are providing direct assistance to relief efforts related to the COVID-19 outbreak. The link is to the FMCSA declaration:

https://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/emergency/emergency-declaration-under-49-cfr-ss-39023-no-2020-002

Help is needed in establishing locations for COVID-19 symptomatic long haul drivers


Truckers for a Cause is trying to identify truck stop based or other clinic locations with adjacent truck parking so that long haul drivers can self-isolate in their trucks if they become symptomatic with possible COVID-19 infections. They are creating a web based list for drivers. Their general information will include CDC guidance on not going to clinics but to call and get instructions and they will also be setting up welfare checks for drivers self isolating in their truck. If you are associated with a facility able to deal with symptomatic COVID-19 truck drivers or a truck stop based clinic not appropriate for symptomatic truck drivers that would divert symptomatic drivers please email Bob Stanton at Truckersforacause.com so that he can update this web based list for drivers.

ACOEM has advised that routine occupational spirometry testing be suspended during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Click on the link below for more information:

https://myemail.constantcontact.com/ACOEM-Advises-Suspension-of-Routine-Occupational-Spirometry-Testing-During-COVID-19-Pandemic.html?soid=1102647720683&aid=idWxyX21cJ4

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) published “Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19” to help companies respond in the event of coronavirus in the workplace. The guidance was developed in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS). 


Important News for Physician Assistants Regarding the NYS Workers' Compensation System: a new law signed as part of Governor Cuomo’s 2019-2020 budget allows PAs to treat injured workers in the NYS workers’ compensation system. Have you done your training?


We understand Occupational Medicine Continuing Education is hard to find. As a member of APAOM, you now have access to educational resources that may be hard to find, but are definitely helpful in staying up to date with evidenced based Occupational Medicine.

  • Occupational Medicine training for urgent care - $200 discount
  • Free Occ Med Resource
  • FMCSA Medical Examiner Certification - 45% discount

If you are a current member, log on and visit our LEARNING CENTER to see education we continue to offer.

If you are not a member, join now and start taking advantage of these membership benefits!








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