Have you heard about the new certification required for providers to treat drivers under the Department of Transportation?
As of May 21, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration requires all physicians and healthcare providers to obtain certification via the National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners before performing any mandatory examinations for DOT commercial truck or bus drivers. I wanted to reach out and make sure you were aware of this mandate, and discuss any implications this might have on your patient base. Here are a few quick facts about the certification:
If you are interested in becoming certified, you’ll need to register through the National Registry website, complete the necessary training, and pass a certification exam.
Training needs to be completed one year prior to taking the certification exam.
Fees associated with the certification programs can range from $300-$500.
p class=”MsoNormal” style=”margin-left:12.75pt;text-indent:-.25in;vertical-align:baseline;”>To remain certified, you must take a refresher training course every 5 years and pass the certification exam every 10 years. By 2016, only certified medical examiners will be allowed to perform DOT driver physical examinations