health

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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POLL: Did you carry health insurance through 2014?

Will you be paying the penalty for not carrying insurance in 2014 come tax time? What was your health-insurance situation last year?

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POLL: Will you buy health insurance on the exchanges this year?

The health-insurance exchanges under the Affordable Care Act, or "Obamacare," are back open for a three-month period. What are your plans for health-insurance coverage this year?

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Infographic: Where truckers rank on obesity compared to other occupations

The Wall Street Journal published the infographic below this week, showing truck drivers, according to the American Journal of Medicine, rank on the obesity scale compared to other occupations. Click here to see the WSJ article  

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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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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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Health-insurance exchange enrollment open through Feb. 15

Now is the time those purchasing health insurance on the exchange to browse and/or enroll or update prior purchased plans. For the coming tax year, penalties for not carrying health insurance are roughly double those in effect for 2014,

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Breast cancer awareness guide for – that’s right – men

Lack of awareness is one contributing factor to late detection. A number of men don't think they can get breast cancer, and because of the rarity, there is unlikely to be any benefit in screening them in the general population for it with preventive mammograms or other tests.

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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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Do you use prescription meds to treat chronic pain?

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