sleep apnea screening

OOIDA accuses FMCSA of sidestepping rule process with sleep apnea provision, files legal challenge

OOIDA filed its legal challenge Nov. 11, seeking to vacate the rule either in part or in whole. OOIDA says the final rule, which required procedural changes for medical examiners, included an appendix not found in the agency’s 2014 proposal that could subject some truckers to sleep apnea screening.

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Truckers with high BMI would be forced into apnea screening under FMCSA committee recommendations, drivers respond

The committees recommend FMCSA require certain truckers to be screened for sleep apnea based on their BMI and other risk factors. Truckers with a BMI of 33 or higher would also be subject to screening if they meet three other qualifiers, a list that includes being male and being older than 42 -- a large demographic among truckers.

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Recommendations would force at-risk truckers into sleep apnea screening/treatment

FMCSA's Medical Review Board’s preliminary recommendations, not yet final, would encourage requiring a trucker to be screened for sleep apnea if he or she: (1) has a body mass index of 40 or greater, or (2) has a body mass index of 33 or greater and meets other criteria.

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Driver sleep apnea screening: FMCSA to issue clarification to medical examiners

Medical examiners in FMCSA’s registry will soon be receiving a bulletin from the agency to clarify current federal rules — or lack thereof — regarding screening and testing drivers for sleep apnea.

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Senate passes sleep apnea bill, president’s signature would make it law

The U.S. Senate passed last week the so-called sleep apnea bill, which would require that any action taken by FMCSA pertaining to sleep disorder screening come via formal rulemaking. The bill now moves on to President Obama for his signature.

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Sleep apnea bill clears House, awaits Senate approval

The bill that would prevent the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration from solely issuing guidance relative to sleep disorder/apnea screening of truck drivers has passed in the House.

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Truckers for a Cause Chapter of A.W.A.K.E meeting

The Truckers for a Cause Chapter of A. W. A. K. E. is a patient support group for truck drivers with sleep apnea. It is part of the nationwide network of support groups organized by the American Sleep Apnea Association. The meeting will be held via conference call. The number is (712) 432 –5015, access code 350926. Steven Peters from Fisher-Paykel will be the speaker. awake.truckersforacause.com , TFAC- A. W. A. K. E. information line (337) 513-4543.

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Roadside Medical + Lab to open 3 clinics

The medical clinics will be at Pilot Travel Centers in Oklahoma City; East St. Louis, Ill.; and Waco, Texas.

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Wake up call

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is expected soon to raise the bar on screening and treatment for obstructive sleep apnea.

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