Havre, Montana – As of May 21st, 2014, all health care providers will need to be certified by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) to do Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) physicals. FMCSA’s current regulations require that all health care providers be licensed, certified, and/or registered in accordance with applicable state laws and regulations to perform physical examinations. Beginning May 21, 2014, all providers who wish to conduct medical examinations for interstate Commercial Motor Vehicle (CMV) drivers must complete training about FMCSA’s physical qualifications regulations and advisory criteria, and pass a certification test to be listed on the National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners.
“At Northern Montana Health Care we are committed to providing all necessary health care services to our Hi-Line community. Offering these types of physical exams is important to the individuals from our area that earn their income from these types of jobs. We saw that the rules for this licensure were changing and we adapted also.” says Dr. Steven Liston, Chief of Staff for Northern Montana Health Care. “Tanya McCullough, APRN, an Internal Medicine Provider at Northern Montana Medical Group West, has already passed the certification test required to provide medical certification for Commercial drivers. Britney Wever, PA; Debbie Paulsen, PA; and Jessica Sheehy, PA, will soon be certified as well.
CMV drivers needing a DOT CDL exam can call Northern Montana Medical Group West at 265-7831 to arrange for an appointment with Tanya McCullough, APRN. As the other providers are certified, updates will be posted on the Northern Montana Health Care website, www.NMHcare.org.