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Group medical claims as a source of information on worker health and potentially work-related diseases.

Authors
Bushnell-PT; Li-J; Landen-D
Source
J Occup Environ Med 2011 Dec; 53(12):1430-1441
NIOSHTIC No.
20039969
Abstract
Objective: To help address underrecognition of occupational illnesses and support planning of workplace health initiatives. Methods: Data from Highmark Inc., a health care insurer headquartered in Pittsburgh and Camp Hill, Pennsylvania, was used to calculate age and gender-adjusted rates of 15 diseases by industry and broad industry sector. Results: Significant industry differences in disease rates were observed, some corresponding to known differences in workplace risk factors. Conclusion: Group medical claims offer timely, relatively low cost, longitudinal data on rates of physiciandiagnosed cases and costs of many diseases for large populations. Limitations of medical claims data include inaccuracies in industry coding, lack of occupation codes, and lack of key variables that affect health. Yet, some elevated industry rates suggest potential new targets for wellness programs and evaluation of possible workplace health risks.
Keywords
Age-factors; Age-groups; Age-groups; Biohazards; Biological-effects; Diseases; Employee-health; Injuries; Medical-services; Musculoskeletal-system-disorders; Occupational-accidents; Occupational-exposure; Occupational-health-services; Risk-analysis; Risk-factors; Statistical-analysis; Worker-health; Information-processing; Information-systems; Information-retrieval-systems; Surveillance-programs
Contact
P. Timothy Bushnell, PhD,MPA, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, Division of Surveillance, Hazard Evaluations and Field Studies, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 4676 Columbia Parkway, MS R17, Cincinnati, OH 45226
CODEN
JOEMFM
Publication Date
20111201
Document Type
Journal Article
Email Address
PLB4@cdc.gov
Fiscal Year
2012
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Identifying No.
B12072011
Issue of Publication
12
ISSN
1076-2752
NIOSH Division
DSHEFS
Source Name
Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
State
OH
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