A recent issue with a medical provider in Atlanta has sparked some confusion and panic among the transportation industry. The miscommunication resulted in over 6,000 medical certificates being revoked. As the Department of Transportation (DOT) requires approval of medical exams and doctor participation with the National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners, it’s important to understand that a quality DOT certified medical examiner must be chosen from the registry to guarantee compliance. Further, educate your drivers on why these medical exams are so important. Remember, it’s up to the fleet operator to prove that the selected medical provider was on the registry.
Here is what you need to know
If your drivers or anyone you know has visited Dr. Anthony Lefteris, a chiropractor in Atlanta, GA, their medical exams need to be completed again by someone listed on the National Registry as Dr. Lefteris was removed on December 2, 2016. The notice indicates that medical exams were completed loosely, if at all. Regardless, the goal of the medical certificate is to ensure that drivers are medically capable of safely operating a commercial motor vehicle. It is the motor carrier’s responsibility, not the medical examiner, to ensure that all drivers meet the minimum FMCSA physical qualifications at all times.
Best practices to ensure your drivers are examined and treated by approved quality medical providers.
- Establish a relationship with an occupational medical provider that is certified by the National Registry. Fleet operators should always carry proof of the DOT certified medical examiner’s participation in the registry.
- Ensure that medical providers who conduct physicals and other exams have a full understanding of your fleet’s specific physical demands.
- Provide a comprehensive list of job duties to the medical examiner so the doctor can perform a thorough examination of the driver as it pertains to their specific scope of work.
- Copies of the DOT exams should be obtained by fleet operators to ensure there are no discrepancies. Review the accuracy of the long form physical against the minimum physical qualifications in part 391.41 of the FMCSA.
Ensure the medical provider is listed on the National Registry at the time of treatment.
- Verify the medical provider has their intro date listed on the registry next to their name.
- Obtain a copy of the medical provider’s certificate to be placed in the driver’s medical file. Complete this prior to allowing drivers to operate commercial vehicles.
- Ensure the medical provider’s certificate proves their participation in the National Registry prior to completing your driver’s exam.
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