Truckers have been referred to as the ‘backbone’ of our livelihood by delivering food, medicines and over 90% of the goods that we use as consumers.
Quite often truckers must drive on even when they are not feeling well or are managing a chronic health condition like high blood pressure or diabetes. The long hours worked by the nearly 3 million long-haul truckers in the United States make it very difficult to schedule or keep medical appointments and many end up ignoring their symptoms.
With the advent of The Affordable Care Act, CMV drivers in interstate commerce must use MEs listed on the National Registry to obtain a DOT certificate beginning May 21, 2014. Medical certificates issued prior to this date are valid until the expiration date. The DOT is mandating that drivers become DOT certified by a DOT-certified Medical Examiner, and DOT Medical Certified Doctors will now fill out the paperwork for drivers and go through all rules and regulations thoroughly with the drivers.
The penalty for a driver if he or she does not remain compliant is suspension of a DOT driver’s license. Drivers who pass DOT exams are certified for 2 years unless health issues (such as high blood pressure readings) arise. The driver would then get a restricted DOT license.
- Stage 2 hypertension of systolic pressure between 160-179mmHg or diastolic pressure of 90-99mmHg – 3 Month Certification
- Stage-3 Hypertension if at recheck of BP ≤140/90mmHg; treatment is tolerated well – certify for 6 months from initial exam. Heart Transplant at least 1 year, asymptomatic, stable on medications, no rejection and cardiac clearance – 6 Month Certification
- Diabetic with well-controlled blood sugar that does not take insulin. Stage 1 hypertension with BP diastolic pressure between 140-159 or diastolic pressure between 90-99. Stage 1 or 2 hypertension with no known history of hypertension by examiner – 1 Year Certification
Driver medical exams are required to be administered by providers certified by the National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners by April 19, 2014, and medical providers, for whom DOT exams are a relatively small portion of their practices, are expected to stop doing them, because it is neither financially nor operational possible for them to continue.
Technology will play a larger role in the testing and test reporting process, and urgent care services are now available to drivers where they live and work … on the road .
CSI has formed a partnership for CSI Health Systems to be placed on location at truck stops throughout the U.S. A Medical Assistant will be available to help drivers perform necessary testing to meet DOT licensing regulations, and through Telehealth, drivers will be connected with a nurse in order to fulfill all necessary requirements and will be able to speak to a physician who can provide a prescription, if necessary, which can be delivered to the driver at the truck stop.
CSI Health Systems will provide a one-stop service.
In addition, with a mobile device, drivers will be able to set up appointments in advance of arrival at a struck stop in order to save time for required DOT services.
CSI serves our nation’s truck drivers and highway travelers by making medical services easily available through our Health System Kiosk. CSI Health Systems help drivers with the management of chronic conditions such as diabetes, sleep apnea, high blood pressure and weight issues through self-testing and provides Health Risk Assessments as well as informative, educational videos pertaining to health issues.
CSI Health System can help and encourage truckers to take better care of themselves and their health, which in turn will make for safer, healthier driving.