Mandatory Certification: New certification required by Department of Transportation for all commercial vehicle drivers
By: James Heil, Senior Vice President of Recruiting, Delta Locum Tenens
This May, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) passed a mandate stating that physicians and healthcare providers need to obtain a new DOT certification before performing physical examinations for any Commercial Motor Vehicle (CMV) driver. Providers must obtain certification via the National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners, effective May 21, 2014.
For facilities with CMV drivers in their patient base, it is crucial to comply with the new FMSCA regulations. Urgent care and family practice facilities might consider having at least one provider on staff that has the necessary DOT certification.
To become certified, medical examiners need to register through the National Registry website, complete training, and pass a certification exam. Training must be completed prior to sitting for the exam and is programed to ensure that participants have baseline instruction in FMCSA’s CMV driver physical qualification standards, medical guidelines, and medical examiner responsibilities. Training can be delivered in several methods, including: traditional instructor-led classroom instruction; self-paced, computer- or web-based learning; or a combination of both. Although there is no required length of training, participants must complete their training program within one year of taking their test, according to the FMCSA website. Certification program fees can average up to several hundred dollars per course.
After completing training and passing the certification exam, providers are listed on the National Registry. To remain active on the Registry, examiners must take a refresher training course every 5 years and take the certification exam every 10 years to maintain their certification. By 2016, all commercial truck and bus drivers must be cleared by a medical examiner who is certified to perform DOT driver physical examinations.
The certification is intended to help ensure better uniformity of medical standards for CMV drivers and to help reduce fatalities on the nation’s highways, according to the FMCSA. However, the new legislation does present some challenges to drivers needing access to physicians with this certification, particularly in scheduling an appointment and finding an available provider.
Some healthcare facilities have maximized their exposure by creating ease of access to their certified providers. For example, MinuteClinic boasts employing 45 physicians on the National Registry and allows CMV drivers to search their website for the nearest certified provider. PatientFirst, on the other hand, rotated their certified providers on a monthly basis, allowing drivers to schedule their exams in advance and their providers to give coverage at multiple locations.
While CMV drivers may or may not be a large enough population in your patient base to influence your staffing needs, it is important to consider the needs of your community and if this certification might benefit your current staff. For more information, visit the FMCSA frequently asked questions page here.
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|Pulmonary Critical Care||$297,500||$35,000||$377,500||33||75||16|
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|1.||Family Medicine||Family Medicine|
|5.||Urology||Family Medicine - Obstetrics|
|6.||Obstetrics and Gynecology||Hospitalist|
|7.||Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation||General Surgery|
|9.||Surgery- Oral & Maxillofacial||Obstetrics and Gynecology|
|12.||Orthopedic Surgery||Child & Adolescent Psychiatry|
|14.||Pulmonary Critical Care Medicine||Neurology|
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