Drug Testing Positivity Rates on the Rise: Considerations for Healthcare Employers

Drug testing is an important part of a thorough employment screening program. When done correctly, it can help healthcare employers improve patient care and extend numerous other benefits according to industry experts. “Maintaining the highest level of safety, productivity and morale benefits both employers and employees,” states William Current, President of WFC & Associates, a national consulting firm specializing in drug-free workplace policy and training issues.

Smoking in the Workplace: What Healthcare HR Should Consider

The most common industry banning smoking in the workplace is healthcare. In fact, the Americans for Nonsmokers’ Rights (ANR) states that over 3,800 hospitals, health systems and clinics have smoke-free campuses.

PreCheck’s Top 10  Healthcare & Compliance Blog Posts of 2015

In 2015, the PreCheck Blog had another fantastic year covering the latest healthcare best practices and compliance issues. Once more, we were recognized for the quality of our content with multiple awards; and our readership continues to grow year after year. As we begin the new year with our best foot forward, it’s also an opportune time to reflect on the greatest lessons and best practices from 2015.

Here’s a look at the top ten most-read PreCheck blog posts from 2015.

Marijuana Drug Testing: The Case of Coats v. Dish Network Update

We recently published an article discussing the complexities of today’s ever-changing marijuana laws, and the impact it’s had on employers and their drug testing policies. The inconsistencies between state and federal marijuana laws have made it increasingly challenging for employers to understand what constitutes as “legal activity” in their state’s Lawful Activity Statute.

3 Reasons to Outsource Healthcare Employee Drug Testing

For healthcare organizations, it may seem like a no-brainer to do employee drug testing on-site. After all, the equipment and expertise is there; why not save time and effort and have your own people do the job?

[Webinar] Marijuana, E-Cigarettes and Other Smoky Things

In 2014, we hosted a webinar with Bill Current, Director of the Annual Survey of Drug Testing Industry Trends, which discussed key considerations for establishing a random drug testing program. In case you missed it, you can view the webinar recording here. Currently, there are over 20 states that have legalized medical marijuana and voters in Colorado and Washington State have legalized recreational pot.

Marijuana Drug Testing: Considerations for Healthcare Employers

The ongoing debate on legalizing marijuana and its effect on the workplace has brought major concerns for employers. At the federal level, marijuana remains classified as a Schedule I substance under the Controlled Substance Act—which is considered to have a high potential for dependency and not accepted for medical use, making the distribution of marijuana a federal offense in all 50 states.

PreCheck’s  Top 10 Healthcare & Compliance Blog Posts of 2014

2014 was phenomenal year for the PreCheck Blog. Not only did we double the amount of articles featuring healthcare experts and best practices, but the PreCheck Blog also won multiple prestigious awards, including being recognized as “Best Blog Website” by the Web Marketing Association. As we look forward to another great year of best practices for healthcare compliance, HR, and medical staff services teams, here’s a look back at the top ten most-read PreCheck Blog posts from 2014.

Alcohol Testing: What Healthcare Employers Should Know

Drug and substance abuse is a rising issue for healthcare employers. Due to the nature of the job, many healthcare workers, particularly physicians and nurses, are predisposed to develop prescription drug abuse because of their access to controlled substances. Alcohol misuse, however, may also put staff and patients at increased risk, which may lead to serious adverse health and safety consequences.

Celebrating Medical Staff Services Awareness Week 2014 with Dionne Austin, CPCS

To commemorate National Medical Staff Services Awareness Week, November 2-8, 2014, I sat down with PreCheck’s Director of Credentialing Programs, Dionne Austin to discuss the latest trends in medical staff services and her advice for medical services professionals (MSPs) in 2015 and beyond.