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Under What Circumstances Will Providers be Allowed to Prescribe Controlled Substances via Telemedicine?

Written by Christopher A. Parrella,  J.D., CPC, CHC, CPCO The clock is ticking for the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to address a long-standing roadblock that has prohibited physicians and nurse practitioners from prescribing controlled substances via telemedicine without an in-person … Continue reading Under What Circumstances Will Providers be Allowed to Prescribe Controlled Substances via Telemedicine?

A Medical Review Officer’s Role in Drug Testing

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 (EEOC). The case stemmed from the company’s decision to withdraw an offer of employment for a cashier position based on a drug test that showed the presence of a prescription pain killer.

Negative or Positive Dilute: What Does That Mean?

What’s the difference between positive and negative dilute? If the urine test results come back as “positive dilute” that means it tested positive for drugs, but also was dilute. A test that comes back with this result is considered positive. A positive dilute is, for all intents and purposes considered positive, and employers or potential employers or a treating clinician should handle it as such.

Why Urine is a Hot Topic

When it comes to drug testing, accuracy is key. And, part of being accurate is making sure that the urine specimen being tested belongs to the person who is providing it.