Thursday, May 22, 2014

Honoring EMS Responders during National EMS Week

EMS personnel are very important to the trucking community.  This week has been designated as National EMS Week and we feel they deserve proper recognition for their dedication.

A statement from HHS Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response Nicole Lurie, M.D.


This week, our nation honors emergency medical service (EMS) professionals for their dedication to public service. As the HHS assistant secretary for preparedness and response, I know how important their role is in disasters. As a primary care physician, I know how important their work is every day. People rely on EMS in disasters and other public health emergencies, as well as for personal emergency care.

We know that our health care system must be ready at a moment’s notice to respond to threats to the public’s health. Time and time again, disaster after disaster, EMS responders across the country have risen to that challenge, whether the community is impacted by a hurricane, wildfire, flood, bombing, chemical plant explosion, or pandemic flu. In recent disasters, we have witnessed EMS responders providing triage on the scene in Boston after the bombing, helping evacuate nursing homes in New York state after Hurricane Sandy, and caring for injured or ill patients as they were transported to hospitals in Texas after a plant explosion. Dozens of EMS responders give their lives every year in the service to our communities and our nation. Those who remain continue to take pride in being the people we can depend on even in difficult and dangerous situations.

To become better prepared, the nation is moving increasingly toward building coalitions bringing together EMS providers, public health agencies, hospitals, nursing homes, dialysis centers, health care providers, home health agencies, emergency management agencies, and local businesses. EMS is a critical partner in our health care system, so I encourage EMS professionals to take an active role in helping communities forge and strengthen these partnerships. Given the regular interaction EMS responders have with these organizations in the community, EMS is uniquely positioned to bring potential partners together to plan for and minimize the impact that disasters have on health.

Disaster response and recovery requires a whole community working together. It’s one mission, one team. EMS is a crucial part of that team, there when every minute counts.


Wednesday, May 21, 2014

The National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners Program

Today is the day of the official start of the National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners program. Only a medical examiner (actual person- doctor, nurse, chiropractor etc., not the clinic) found on the National Registry website will be allowed to complete a DOT physical for drivers operating a commercial motor vehicle over 10,001 lbs. 
 
Beginning May 21, 2014, all medical certificates issued to interstate truck and bus drivers must come from medical examiners listed on the National Registry and on the new medical card format.
 
Impact on Interstate CMV Drivers
 
• Drivers are required to obtain physical examinations and a medical examiner’s certificate from a certified medical examiner listed on the National Registry.
 
• Interstate CMV drivers can find certified medical examiners in their area, or anywhere in the country, on the National Registry website.
 
• Drivers will still receive a medical certificate from the medical examiner after passing their examination;
 
• Medical certificates will now need to be completed on the new FMCSA medical card: § 391.43(g) (2) If the medical examiner finds that the person examined is physically qualified to operate a commercial motor vehicle in accordance with § 391.41(b), he or she must complete a certificate in the form prescribed in paragraph (h) of this section and furnish the original to the person who was examined. The examiner must provide a copy to a prospective or current employing motor carrier who requests it and § 391.43(h), which includes:
  
  • the certified medical examiner’s National Registry Number,
  • medical providers national registry license number and
  • 2 new additional questions:
    • § CDL holder – YES or NO
    • § Interstate- YES or NO
For more information, visit the National Registry website at https://nationalregistry.fmcsa.dot.gov/NRPublicUI/home.seam