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Rules on physicals for interstate truck, bus drivers are changing
e-Reports, Jan. 13, 2014
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Perhaps you received email notification, but if you routinely do physical exams for interstate truck and bus drivers, you need to know that new rules take effect May 21, 2014. After that date, all medical certificates for commercial driver’s license (CDL) must be conducted only by medical examiners on a national registry; no other physicians or providers will be paid for these services.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) indicates examiners who conduct physical exams for interstate commercial motor vehicle drivers now must:

  • Maintain a valid state license to conduct medical examinations
  • Complete required training on FMCSA’s physical qualification standards
  • Pass the FMCSA Medical Examiner Certification Test to demonstrate knowledge of FMCSA’s physical qualification standards
  • Complete refresher training every five years and recertification testing every 10 years

In the past, drivers could visit their private physicians for their CDL exams. Physicians were paid in full at the time of the visit, making it a welcome experience for both. However, the Federal Register from April 2012 announced the new final rule pertaining to new training and testing.

The ISMA has heard from several members who were notified by the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles, as well as the U.S. Department of Transportation, about the change. The Indiana Academy of Family Physicians (IAFP) is taking steps to alert its members as well.

Find the Complete Guide to Medical Examiner Certification here.

Online training coming
The IAFP, in partnership with other chapters of the American Academy of Family Physicians, is planning a 4.5 hour webinar in March, allowing you to complete the new training requirement without traveling. Register for the webinar on the Iowa AFP's site. Scroll down to March 8 for the webinar information.

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