Drug Testing, Substance Abuse Testing, Healthcare, Patient Safety and Care

It’s no secret that the healthcare industry has a drug and substance abuse problem. Doctors and nurses with addiction issues have made news headlines recently. In a July 2014 report for KTUU, Lacie Gorsvold explains how a nurse that admitted to drinking while at work and a physician that prepared for surgery under the influence are both still practicing medicine in Alaska. The problem, however, is not just unique to Alaska.

How Comprehensive Background Checks and Drug Testing Can Improve Patient Care in Nursing Homes

According to a recent report by the Department of Health and Human Services’ (DHHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG), around 22% of Medicare beneficiaries admitted to nursing homes experienced preventable injuries. In fact, in the 2014 OIG Work Plan, the OIG declared it will place a key focus on the quality and care of nursing homes and how often beneficiaries are harmed during their stay.

3 Drug Testing Takeaways from the 2014 DATIA Conference

Last month, I had the pleasure of attending the 2014 DATIA Conference held in Phoenix, Arizona. DATIA stands for the Drug & Alcohol Testing Industry Association and its mission is to provide educational tools and advocate for the interests of those involved or interested in drug and alcohol testing. Here are my takeaways from the conference:

5 Employee Random Drug Testing Questions and Answers

PreCheck recently hosted a webinar on the value of random drug testing, and it is apparent that there are many questions employers are asking themselves regarding this practice. As a follow up to our webinar, which is now available on-demand, I thought I would take this opportunity to answer some of these common questions for our readers.

[Webinar] The Value of Random Drug Testing in the Prevalence of Prescription Drug Abuse

We've discussed the topic of drug testing quite a bit recently on the PreCheck Blog. The truth is, it's become quite a hot topic over the past year. Last year, a group of Johns Hopkins researchers called for the healthcare industry to instate strict drug and alcohol testing programs to protect patient safety. More recently, in mid-March, DHHS Inspector General Daniel R.

Malpractice Claims: The Case for Physician Background and Drug Screening

Performing background checks on your hospital’s physicians can complement your credentialing and re-credentialing process. While it may not be a standard procedure for medical staff offices at healthcare organizations, current trends in the industry indicate that it may be beneficial as a risk mitigation tool. Not only can malpractice claims be costly for your hospital, but they can also damage your reputation and it is much more difficult to recover once the damage is done.

Drugs in the Workplace: Key Considerations for HR

With the healthcare industry and its regulators focusing on quality of care and ensuring patient safety, maintaining a drug-free workplace can help support these objectives. For healthcare employers, employment drug testing programs have a unique meaning because of the safety-sensitive nature of the environment.

Healthcare Worker Drug Testing Trends for 2014

While we were happy to take part in the observance of National Patient Safety Awareness Week, the truth is, we pursue patient safety every single day at PreCheck. Although there are opposing views on the topic of healthcare worker drug testing, I think this is the perfect time to address this issue due to recent events.

Student Immunization Tracking at Nursing & Allied Health Schools

Unvaccinated healthcare personnel have a higher risk of transmitting vaccine-preventable diseases to patients and fellow staff members. That’s why the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) recommends that healthcare personnel, including allied health students, receive measles, mumps, rubella, hepatitis B, varicella, influenza, and pertussis vaccines.

Employer Considerations for Drug Testing, Part 2: Drug Testing Methods

The second part of Employer Considerations for Drug Testing (Link to Part One here) has to do with the methods you would use to enforce your drug testing policy. A quick online search shows a wide array of options from the type of specimen to collect to who will collect and how the testing is to be conducted. This blog entry is to provide you with a quick guide to help you make informed decisions about each step of the process. (Please note that the methods discussed here mostly pertain to non-regulated (NDOT) drug testing.)

A typical drug test involves the three steps below.