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Do FMCSA Rules “trump” HIPAA?

Do FMCSA Rules “trump” HIPAA?

Driver with a Disqualifying condition – FMCSA vs. HIPAA Marie and Suzanne wonder: Q: Was wondering what action a health care organization should take if they become aware a DOT driver has a disqualifying condition and still driving. The driver sought urgent care...
When Your Specialist Won’t Commit

When Your Specialist Won’t Commit

Specialty Consults on DOT Physical Close to half of your Commercial DOT Physical examinees have a significant medical condition.  Most times is easy enough to request some documentation or needed testing from the primary care treating physician. Examples: You have a...
Wearing Two Hats?  Both Medical Examiner and PCP?

Wearing Two Hats? Both Medical Examiner and PCP?

Should you be both the DOT medical examiner and the PCP? Omar asks: I just finished listening to your webinar on the new DOT form. It was quite informative and useful. I still need to go back and brush up on the determination pending part. I have a question for you:...
Medical Marijuana – OK for Commercial Drivers?

Medical Marijuana – OK for Commercial Drivers?

Much of the recent press about marijuana has been regarding recreational use now legal in several states.  The debate regarding medical marijuana use in commercial drivers has been settled: From the DOT Office of Drug and Alcohol Policy and Compliance Notice: The...
FMCSA Update 6-17-15

FMCSA Update 6-17-15

Update From FMCSA: The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has heard from many of you recently asking about submitting CMV driver exams. A few recently asked questions are: 1. What Forms Do I Use for the DOT Driver Exams? Certified Medical Examiners...