Dr. Clayton T. Cowl, CHEST (American College of Chest Physicians), Rochester, MN (USA)

When an occupational or environmentally related diagnosis is made, it typically follows with administrative sequelae such as reporting requirements to regulatory agencies, specialized documentation for medicolegal purposes, and a unique language employed with these types of cases. This case-based presentation will feature a review of the basics in making an occupational or environmental diagnosis, provide tips to improve clinical documentation skills and suggestions on how to manage the administrative aspects of these cases from the pulmonary clinician’s perspective.

Learning Objectives
At the end of this presentation, attendees will be able to:

  • Recognize the importance of an expanded occupational and environmental history;
  • Understand some of the more common pitfalls made by clinicians in assessing work-related cases who may be unfamiliar with doing so; and
  • Recall strategies for separating the clinical versus administrative/legal aspects of care.