medical certification

Effective Jan. 30, drivers can ditch paper copies of medical cards upon med cert renewal

Truck operators will no longer be required to carry paper copies of their medical certification cards beginning Friday, Jan. 30, as the certification will have been integrated into drivers’ CDLs, FMCSA is expected to announce this week.

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If the ‘sky is falling’ with sleep apnea: What about when ‘it lands and nothing really happens?’

"Nothing seems to address the situation where it has been a symptom, has been tested, and is being treated successfully." --Dan Tucker on needed apnea coverage; FMCSA says two-year certification up to the examiner

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FMCSA bulletin on sleep apnea reiterates regs, ‘encourages’ examiners on treatment, screening

Facing widespread criticism over its examiners'/training organizations' muddled approach to apnea in medical certification, and hamstrung by Congress, FMCSA attempts to settle the record on apnea regs with bulletin....

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Apnea clarification unlikely in short term to remedy the condition’s growing importance in medical certifications

Though FMCSA says it will send a bulletin to medical examiners to clarify its guidelines on screening drivers for sleep apnea, it's unlikely medical examiners' willingness to issue short-term driver medical certifications contingent on apnea testing will be affected.

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NASTC head David Owen’s sleep apnea story

NASTC president David Owen is firm in his belief in a professional driver's ability to manage fatigue. And while he clearly knows the benefit of apnea treatment in those who suffer from it, Owen cites a fundamental disagreement with those who believe untreated apnea is public highway safety danger No. 1.

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Sleep apnea and conditional medical certification being fought on new fronts

In an attempt to solve the problem of medical examiners' willingness to issue short-term conditional certifications — if any certification at all — pending results of a sleep study, NASTC has started offering both member and non-member carriers and drivers a sleep apnea screening and testing program that puts the process in the driver's hands.

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Committee recommends doc questionnaire on prescription pain meds

Industry representatives worried that the questionnaire would put yet another stumbling block in the driver medical certification process; doctors argued it would help document their determination of whether a driver is fit to receive a medical card.

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OOIDA’s new NCRME survey; Benefits of apnea treatment for one operator

Independent owner-operator Joe Bielucki's sleep apnea story -- results following his preemptive strike of sorts relative to the condition two years ago.

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How to address sleep apnea risk

On your terms.... And what to expect for treatment if you are diagnosed.

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Guilty until proven innocent: Answering key sleep-apnea questions

As new medical certification processes come into play, more drivers are being asked to get sleep apnea testing. Some are asking questions, getting varied answers – and being taken off the road prematurely.

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