Online Program

Experience with the eeoicpa claims process for occupational lung diseases

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Laurence Fuortes, MD, MS, Occupational Environmental Health, University of Iowa, College of Public Health, Iowa City, IA
EEOICPA represents a major advance in workers' compensation in promoting the recognition and compensation of chronic occupational diseases among former Department of Energy (DOE) workers on a nationwide basis. However, implementation of the program by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has been inconsistent and frequently problematic for such cases. The experience of one Former Worker Program in detecting occupational lung disease and assisting claimants will be presented through several emblematic cases. Denied claims for pneumoconiosis will be reviewed. Chronic beryllium lung disease screening, diagnosis and management among workers whose most recent exposure occurred decades ago will be discussed.

Learning Areas:

Occupational health and safety
Public health or related laws, regulations, standards, or guidelines

Learning Objectives:
Discuss issues and controversies in compensating occupational lung diseases under EEOICPA.

Keyword(s): Workers' Compensation, Occupational Disease

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: Director (PI) of a DOE former worker screening program.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.