BY Christopher A. Parrella, J.D., CHC, CPC, CPCO A California federal judge has issued a landmark ruling that could impact the way insurance companies cover mental health and substance use treatment. Chief Magistrate Judge Joseph Spero of the District Court for … Continue reading Judge Rules United Behavioral Health Guidelines Led to Denial of Claims Violations
College is stressful enough, but for student athletes, the pressure to do well in school, coupled with the rigorous demands placed on them by coaches and professors, often leads them to explore ways to cope. Recreational drugs are common on college campuses and are used quite often by students as a way to reduce the stress of their college workload. Although the recreational use of Marijuana is legal in numerous states, its use is not allowed by the NCAA
So, what does FDA approved mean? The agency is charged with examining, testing, and approving a wide range of items for medical use. This includes everything from drugs and medical devices to tests. Getting FDA approval simply means that the agency has decided the benefits of approving the item outweigh any potential risks for its planned use.
By Christopher A. Parrella, J.D., CHC, CPC, CPCO With the growing legalization of marijuana use in the United States, many employers are wondering if they can still fire employees or refuse to hire new ones who test positive. The short answer … Continue reading Can I Fire an Employee for Testing Positive?
Although summer is in full swing, many school districts around the country continue to review policies and determine which ones to implement in the fall. A quick glance at the news finds one issue cropping up more often these days … Continue reading Are we Seeing an Increase in School-based Random Drug Testing?
Written by Christopher A. Parrella, J.D., CHC, CPC, CPCO Earlier this year, Sioux Falls, S.D.-based M.G. Oil Company, dba Happy Jack’s Casino, agreed to pay $45,000 to settle a disability discrimination lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission … Continue reading A Medical Review Officer’s Role in Drug Testing