PreCheck’s Top 10 Healthcare & Compliance Blog Posts in 2013

2013 was a very special year for PreCheck. We celebrated our 20th anniversary exclusively serving the healthcare industry and our Blog also had its first birthday last summer. As we look forward to another great year of new milestones, here’s a look back at ten of our most popular blog articles from last year.

Workplace Cotinine/Nicotine Testing: Considerations for Healthcare Employers

At PreCheck, we’ve noticed that a large number of our healthcare clients have initiatives in place for creating a smoke-free workplace environment. After all, isn’t it reasonable for patients to expect to be treated at a hospital that is free of secondhand smoke? Secondhand smoke is considered a serious health hazard by the American Lung Association and is estimated to cause about 50,000 deaths each year. According to a 2001 study by researchers Halpern et al.

5 Takeaways for Employers from the 2013 Annual NAPBS Conference

This past weekend, I travelled to Phoenix, Arizona with my colleague Vu Do, PreCheck’s Vice President of Compliance, to participate in the National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS) tenth anniversary annual conference.  The conference not only covered the evolution of the association but also the background screening profession as well. The following are just a few of my selections from the conference I thought might be of particular interest to employers and our readers.

5 Employee Drug Screening Articles Healthcare Employers Should Read

We began this month by discussing the topic of physician impairment and the call for drug screening standards in healthcare. A comprehensive employee drug screening program is a great tool to mitigate risk and reduce overall costs for your organization. Whether you are reviewing your organization's drug screening policy or starting from scratch, here are five recent articles covering advice for employers, industry reports and survey findings concerning drug testing in the workplace. 

Physician Impairment and Drug Screening

In our featured article last month we addressed the issue of the importance of performing routine criminal background checks for physicians as a condition of licensure and appointment. We discussed how these checks could play a vital role in ensuring patient and workplace safety, and contribute to improved healthcare outcomes.

Recreational Marijuana Use and the Workplace

Just in case you missed it, the November 2012 elections legalized recreational use of marijuana in the states of Colorado and Washington. If you enjoy reading legislative documents, you can find marijuana laws in your state here. Many employers now ask how these new laws will affect their drug-free work policies; and it will be very interesting to watch this unfold as employers try to balance federal and state requirements.

Employer Considerations for Drug Testing, Part 1: Drafting an Employment Drug Screening Policy

Drug screening has become a vital tool to promote a safe working environment and mitigate risk connected to drug-related issues. Countless studies from both the private sector and SAMHSA (DHHS - Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration)   have shown that implementing a drug screening program reduces the over-all costs associated with substance abuse including health care costs, absenteeism and lost productivity.