Update Regarding Posting and Use of Driver Examination Forms

Update Regarding Posting and Use of Driver Examination Forms

The Medical Examiner’s Certification Integration final rule requires certified Medical Examiners (MEs) to continue using the current driver examination forms found on the FMCSA website until December 22, 2015 and to use the newly revised driver examination forms discussed in the final rule beginning December 22, 2015.

As a result of the unexpected delays in posting the final versions of the newly revised driver examination forms and recognizing that MEs need to have access to the forms prior to the effective date for a number of reasons, FMCSA will allow MEs to use both the current and newly revised versions of the Medical Examination Report Form and Medical Examiner’s Certificate from December 22, 2015 until April 20, 2016. The Agency has published a Federal Register notice announcing this guidance which is accessible by clicking the link below.

Federal Register Notice Use of Driver Examination Forms

Both the current and newly revised versions of the driver examination forms are available on the FMCSA website. In addition, the final versions of the newly revised driver examination forms have been posted in the Resource Center of the National Registry website and are accessible by clicking on the links below.

Medical Examination Report (MER) Form, MCSA-5875

Medical Examiner’s Certificate (MEC), Form MCSA-5876

A sample CMV Driver Medical Examination Results Form, MCSA-5850 has been posted in the Resource Center of the National Registry website and is accessible by clicking on the link below. Because the CMV Driver Medical Examination Results Form, MCSA-5850 is an electronic form and only available through the ME’s National Registry account, the sample is a representation of what MEs will see when entering CMV driver examination results into the National Registry system. MEs are required to continue to report CMV driver medical examination results by accessing their National Registry accounts and completing the MCSA-5850 online.

CMV Driver Medical Examination Results Form, MCSA-5850 (Sample)


Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration Website: www.fmcsa.dot.gov
Medical Review Board Website: mrb.fmcsa.dot.gov
National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners Website: nrcme.fmcsa.dot.gov

Please do not respond to this email. If you have questions or comments about FMCSA, the MRB, or the National Registry, please send an email to fmcsamedical@dot.gov.

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NEW Educational Program- Rethink Prescription Opioids for Chronic Pain

If you are confused or frustrated with respect to some aspects of opioid prescribing, you are not alone.1 We as health care professionals are responsible for providing relief to our patients with chronic pain without exposing them or others to unnecessary risks.2 With opioid therapy, this may be easier said than done.
While the real and growing problem of prescription opioid abuse may cause some of us to avoid prescribing these medications,1  the Rethink Opioids initiative presents a different approach. Our approach was developed through the joint efforts of a diverse Steering Committee and the sponsor of the initiative, Pfizer Inc.—a collaboration referred to as PROJECT ROOT. We believe that, by rethinking opioid medications for chronic pain, we can help encourage clinically appropriate use of these agents as part of an overall pain management plan, while helping protect patients, their families, our practices, and society from the known risks of opioids.
Click HERE to find practical information, resources, and tools to help you cultivate appropriate opioid prescribing in your practice. We hope you will join us in this effort.
Sincerely,
The PROJECT ROOT Steering Committee,
for the
Rethink Opioids initiative

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YOUR Insight is Needed- Adolescent Substance Use Survey by Friday, 12/11

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by | December 8, 2015 · 8:01 pm

West Virginia FIRST Statewide HPV Summit to be held December 8, 2015

The fight against human papillomavirus (HPV) disease and the cancers it causes is a winnable battle, but it is one that we are currently losing. The majority of cancers caused by HPV can be prevented with HPV vaccination, yet only 40% of females 13-17 years of age and only 24% of males are fully vaccinated against HPV in West Virginia. We can and we must do better to protect our teens from cancer, and to address this important health issue,we invite you to attend WV’s first statewide HPV Summit.  The purpose of this invitation-only event will be the development of a statewide plan of action to improve HPV vaccination rates.
Hosted by the WV Immunization Network (WIN), the Summit will be held on December 8, 2015 from 10am to 3pm at Saint John XXIII Pastoral Center (100 Hodges Road, Charleston, WV 25314). Registration and networking will begin at 9:30am.
We are pleased to announce that Dr. Melinda Wharton, Director of the Immunization Services Division in the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases at the CDC, will open the Summit by highlighting best practices and solutions, which will be followed by interactive dialog and planning by Summit stakeholders. Other invited stakeholders include representatives from West Virginia healthcare and public health associations, state agencies, university student health services, student health sciences associations, insurers, schools, faith communities, parent organizations, technical assistance organizations, and more.
So that we may get an accurate count for food and materials, please RSVP by November 24, 2015 by registering at http://wvruralhealth.org/EFORM/HPVSummit/. If there is another individual from your organization that will attend with you or in your place, please forward this email to him/her so that they may also register. Please note that due to limited space we ask that no more than two individuals attend from each organization.
For those traveling from out of town, a room block is being held until November 23, 2015 at the Hampton Inn Charleston-Southridge (1 Preferred Place, Charleston, West Virginia, 25309, Tel: 304-746-4646) at a rate of $114 plus tax (use group code: HPV). Limited funds for travel assistance are available for attendees whose employers do not cover this expense. To request travel assistance, please contact me at elaine.darling@wvruralhealth.org.
Funding for the HPV Summit has been generously provided by the Prevent Cancer Foundation. If you need any additional information as you consider this invitation, please feel free to contact me. We look forward to seeing you on December 8th.

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2015 WVAFP/Tar Wars Journal Available For View/Download

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Register NOW for the DOT Training Program for the National Registry of Medical Examiners

Attention:  PHYSICIANS, PA’s, NP’s & Chiropractors

DOT Medical Examiners Course-Medical Examiners who perform driver medical exams are expected to understand fully the medical standards of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations(FMCSR) and related guidance. The National Registry requires medical examiners to participate in required training, pass a certification test, and register on the National Registry system to become a certified medical examiner.

DOT TRAINING PROGRAM FOR NATIONAL REGISTRY OF MEDICAL EXAMINERS

Friday, October 9, 2015 @  1:00 – 5:00 pm

Embassy Suites, Charleston, WV

 www.wvafp.org for more information

PLEASE USE THE REGISTRATION FORM FOUND IN THE LINK BELOW.

https://www.dropbox.com/s/21ofrp6616t6o7z/Charleston%20DOT%20Registration%20Form%20%20Oct%202015.docx?dl=0

 

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Tracy Hendershot, MD presenting at South East Forum in Norfolk, VA on Aug. 14, 2014

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by | August 15, 2015 · 6:57 pm

New AAFP Physician’s Blog Post From One of Our Own: “Do No Harm”

Do No Harm: When Is a Physician Too Sick to Work?

More than 80 percent of health care professionals go to work when they are sick, potentially putting patients and colleagues at risk. Read what one of our own WV AAFP members, Kimberly Becher, M.D., has to say in the latest Fresh Perspectives blog post. Click the clink below:

http://blogs.aafp.org/cfr/freshperspectives/entry/do_no_harm_when_is

 

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Million Hearts: Cardiovascular Disease Risk Reduction Model

“The Million Hearts®: CVD Model is a randomized-controlled trial that seeks to bridge a gap in cardiovascular care by providing targeted incentives for providers to engage in individual CVD risk calculation and population-level risk management. Instead of focusing on the individual components of risk, participating practices will engage in risk stratification across a patient panel to identify those at highest risk for ASCVD. ”  Read more about the above exert at the link below:

http://innovation.cms.gov/initiatives/Million-Hearts-CVDRRM/

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Blog Post from Kimberly Becher, MD Jul 8th

Dealing With Death: Why Helping Patients’ Families Helps Me

Kimberly Becher, M.D., writes in the latest Fresh Perspectives blog post that the degree of comfort she is able to provide the family of a dying patient makes the patient’s death less traumatic for her as a physician.
Click Here to Read

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