Mercy clinics in Independence and Cherryvale are now offering physical examinations for commercial drivers in accordance with new requirements of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) program.
The FMCSA program establishes standards for testing and training of state-licensed health care professionals who perform physical qualification exams for truck and bus drivers. Licensed exam providers are added to the new FMCSA National Registry.
According to the DOT, effective May 21, 2014, all drivers who are in need of a new medical certificate must be examined by a provider listed in the new national registry.
Four Mercy providers recently completed training and certification through the FMCSA program and are now listed in the registry. These providers include Julie Martin, APRN, and Mardie Long, APRN, of Mercy Clinic Primary Care, 800 W. Laurel, Independence; and Marc Hoffmeister, PA-C, and Davia Knight, PA-C, of Mercy Clinic Family Medicine Cherryvale, located at 203 W. Main.
“While we have always provided DOT physicals, we are pleased to adapt our services and to be a local resource for commercial drivers in the area in need of an updated exam new comply with new regulations,” said Rita Taylor, director of Mercy Clinics.
The national registry can be accessed at https://nationalregistry.fmcsa.dot.gov, where all certified medical examiners are listed, and visitors can also link from this site to more information on the new driver exam regulations.
More information or exam appointments may be obtained by calling Mercy Clinic Primary Care, 620-332-3280; toll-free 1-800-434-9479 or Mercy Clinic Family Medicine Cherryvale, 620-336-2131.