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Reviewing the Benefits of a Medical Review Officer (MRO)

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An MRO can play an important role in your employment decisions

A Medical Review Officer (MRO) is responsible for providing a medically-verified evaluation on drug screen results. For applicants and employees not regulated by the Department of Transportation (DOT), this applies to any non-negative laboratory result determination. For applicants and employees who fall under DOT regulation (drivers or fork lift operators, for example), this applies to every drug screen, regardless of the laboratory’s initial determination. DOT applicants or employees are subject to additional requirements because of stricter, federally mandated regulation and “Return-To-Duty” programs.

The entire MRO process is beneficial for both employee and employer, and aims to maximize accuracy throughout the drug screening process.

An added layer of review to assist both applicant/employee and employer

Applicants may disclose any health conditions to a medical professional, allowing them to protect their privacy during the application and screening process.

It is possible for an applicant’s drug screen to show a positive result due to a medical condition or prescribed medication. By presenting drug screen results to an MRO, employers might avoid numerous expenses associated with removing or disqualifying an applicant or employee from employment, only to then discover a medically valid condition.

Additionally, the MRO process might also reveal conditions detrimental to safety. If an MRO believes that a medical condition or prescribed medication associated with an employee can inhibit that worker’s ability to safely perform their duties, they can choose to disclose that information on the final MRO report for the employer. A “Fit-For-Duty” test can also be requested by the MRO to properly assess the worker’s ability to perform job duties and measure any possible impairment concerns.

Drug screening best practices prove the need for MRO services

Dismissing a worker or disqualifying an applicant based on a positive drug screen that has not undergone MRO review is not necessarily congruent with industry best-practice policies and can also prove costly for the employer. For example, according to a 2014 Training Industry Report, onboarding a typical full time employee can cost up to $1,000—and require approximately 40 hours of company provided training. MRO consultation during the drug screening process can help an employer make sound employment decisions before that money is spent.

If your company is interested in taking the next step in drug screening accuracy and fairness in your Drug-Free Workplace policy, contact A-Check Global to get started immediately with MRO and other drug screening services.

Study Finds Highest Level of Positive Drug Screen Results in Last Decade

A-Check Global’s drug screening partner, Quest Diagnostics, recently released their Annual Drug Testing Index revealing a fifth straight year of rising positive drug detection rates in the US workforce. This is the highest rate of positive screens since 2005.

The Quest Diagnostics Drug Testing Index™ examined nearly 11 million drug screening results and found that positivity rates had risen from 3.9% of screens returning positive in 2014 to 4.0% in 2015. The last time the rate was found to be at, or above 4% was in 2005. The rise in positive results came from screens completed by both general employees, as well as government mandated employees, such as truck drivers and pilots.

The study also provides a deep look into the drugs most commonly found during screening, exposing that nearly 2% of all urine based tests return positive for marijuana use, making it the drug most often detected by far. Additionally, the study reveals a noticeable jump in positive results for heroin and amphetamine use, with both at higher rates than last year.

For more information regarding drug screening and drug free workplace solutions feel free to contact A-Check Global through our contact page, or by phone at 877-345-2021.

HR Luncheon Event: What Employers Need to Know About Background Checks, Drug Screening and E-Verify / Form I-9 Compliance

Learn from the experts: Join A-Check Global & AppleOne Employment Services for a Special Complimentary Luncheon Presentation Thursday December 4th at A-Check’s headquarters in Riverside, CA. Attendees will earn 2.0 (General) recertification credit hours toward PHR, SPHR and GPHR recertification through the HR Certification Institute. View Event Flyer (PDF) Continue reading “HR Luncheon Event: What Employers Need to Know About Background Checks, Drug Screening and E-Verify / Form I-9 Compliance”

HR Impact Webinar Series – Save Time & Money: Improving Efficiency in Pre-Employment Drug Testing

HR Impact Webinar Series – Save Time & Money: Improving Efficiency in Pre-Employment Drug Testing

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You are cordially invited to join A-Check and Premier Biotech for a 30 minute webinar providing insight on innovative ways you can conduct your pre-employment drug tests.

Explore a unique cloud based solution for oral fluid drug testing results reporting and management developed specifically for workplace pre-employment drug testing to automate result interpretation — eliminate test subjectivity, increase visibility into key metrics such as positivity rates, and ensure chain of custody integrity. Continue reading “HR Impact Webinar Series – Save Time & Money: Improving Efficiency in Pre-Employment Drug Testing”