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Macon Occupational Medicine is accredited by the Drug & Alcohol Testing Industry Association (DATIA), which means our facility adheres to the highest possible standards to assure we protect our customers. All staff performing collections have undergone specialized training and credentialing to perform these services. Each staff member is required to pass a written exam on an annual basis to become Certified Professional Collectors (CPC). As required by DATIA, we have a Certified Professional Collector Trainer (CPCT) on staff to assure specific procedures and regulatory standards are followed at all times. All staff members are also required to undergo a 16-hour training course and pass a written exam to become a Certified Breath Alcohol Technician (BAT). We are also a member of the Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse.
Our facility is designed to assure confidentiality of the donor and assure the collection process meets appropriate regulatory standards. We have four rooms dedicated to collection services. Each room has a separate private conference area to collect the necessary information to complete the Chain of Custody. After the donor has completed the Control and Custody Form, he/she will enter the collection area, which has no running water and chemically colored water. Once the specimen has been collected, the donor returns to the private conference room and does not have to walk out into an area filled with other clients to protect his/her privacy. The Certified Professional Collector then adheres to specific protocols to assure the specimen has not been adulterated and completes the collection process.
Types of Testing
5, 7,8, or 10 Panel Drug Tests (lab send off and/or Quick Test) are available per your protocol. These drug tests screen for the following drugs: Amphetamines, Cocaine, Barbiturates, PCP, Cannabinoids, Opiates, Benzodiazepines, Methadone, Propoxyphene, and/or Ecstasy. Results are received within 24-48 hours with regular laboratory drug testing and 15 minutes with Quick Tests. Split Specimen’s (a second vile of the same specimen collected at the original date and time) are done for all tests sent to the laboratory for testing. This is done to assure that if a donor wants to challenge the results of the first test, then a confirmation test can be performed on the original specimen collected.
Macon Occupational Medicine staffs a physician who is a Certified Medical Review Officer (MRO). Our Certified MRO assures that a test that is reported positive is truly a positive test. This includes a comprehensive protocol that we have designed that assures the collection procedures were done correctly, reviewing the results from the laboratory, and interviewing the donor to see if the positive results can be validated for any reason such as the use of prescription medication or a recent medical procedure. The MRO also assures standards are in place at the laboratory that completes the laboratory analysis. The laboratory we use for testing also adheres to the highest credentialing possible including SAMHSA and NIDA certification, along with being CAP accredited. The MRO services are done at no additional cost to you and are a part of our comprehensive substance abuse testing services.
By adhering to the standards and protocols we have put in place, we can assure you that all testing done will also be legally defendable. Our Certified Professional Collectors, MRO, and Toxicologist from our testing laboratory will always be available for testimony should it ever progress to that point.
Macon Occupational Medicine offers these services 24 hours per day, seven days per week. Therefore, if there is an incident at midnight and requires testing per your protocols, we can be paged and will respond within one hour to the location of the incident or to our facility. This will help you assure the time constraints are met to help return the worker back to work quicker and/or help you controvert the case if the incident occurred as a result of being under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
Drug Free Workplace
Macon Occupational Medicine is also a Drug Free Workplace, which means you can be assured that our employees practice the standards we adhere to in our testing protocols.
If you would like more information on these services and how they can be utilized in your environment, please call Jonathan Pitts, Vice President, Client Relations, (478) 751-2930
Preventative services and Post Offer screenings are an important part of controlling excessive workers’ compensation costs. The American with Disabilities Act (ADA) does allow an employer to screen qualified applicants to determine their ability to perform essential job functions. Recent United States Supreme Court rulings have affirmed that employers may consider withdrawing a job offer in the individual is found to pose risk to themselves or others by performing the essential functions of the job. All physicals performed at Macon Occupational Medicine evaluate the individual’s ability to perform the essential functions of a job, while documenting pre-existing conditions that may pose a potential risk factor to the individual.Each physical that we perform can be tailored to your company’s specific job duties and requirements. Physicals can includ a physical exam performed by our physician, job specific strength and agility test, pulmonary functioning testing, pulmonary functioning testing, audiograms, vision testing, Radiologic (x-ray) evaluations, TB skin tests, vaccinations, and a variety of laboratory tests. All physicals that fall under Federal Regulatory Standars, including the Department of Transportation (DOT), are completed in accordance with the specific forms and guidelines of each statute.
Physicals provided include:
According to the State of Georgia’s Workers’ Compensation Rules and Regulations, Impairment Ratings (PPD) are only to be calculated using the Guides to the Evaluation of Permanent Impairment, American Medical Association, Fifth Edition.During our evaluation, we will concentrate specifically on the area or areas of impairment. For example, if the lumbosacral spine is the only area of impairment, then we will concentrate testing procedures to that area only. Our evaluation includes a comprehensive history and physical evaluation to the area(s) of impairment. The nature of the physical evaluation will depend on specific testing requirements based on the area(s) of impairment as described in the Guides to the Evaluation of Permanent Impairment, American Medical Association, Fifth Edition. Typically, this will consist of range of motion testing, using a goniometer and/or inclinometer, sensory testing, motor testing, and strength testing. Based on the Guides to the Evaluation of Permanent Impairment, American Medical Association, Fifth Edition, only objective and consistent data can be used to determine a percent impairment.
We charge the allowable fee as noted in the State Workers’ Compensation Fee Schedule. Based on Workers’ Compensation Laws in Georgia, if Impairment Ratings are done by anyone other than the treating physician, they do require physician approval. Therefore, we do require physician authorization for us to do the impairment evaluation and will require physician approval for our recommended rating to become official. In addition to physician authorization, we ask that a specific diagnosis, with an ICD-9 code, be provided along with all of the relevant medical records prior to the evaluation.
If you would like more information on Impairment Evaluations and how they can be utilized in your work setting or promoting case closure, please call Leonard Bevill, Chief Executive Officer, at (478) 751-2925.
I. Physician Initial and Follow-up Visits
II. Rehabilitation Visits
III. Notification of No Shows and Cancellations
V. Ongoing Treatment
At Macon Occupational Medicine, our Rehabilitation program provides comprehensive, cost-effective services to meet the needs of our clients. The goal of our program is to assist in the management of injuries through objective and effective rehabilitation techniques. Early and aggressive rehabilitation of acutely injured workers has been proven to promote quicker healing and quicker return to unlimited work activities. MOM provides comprehensive rehabilitation services using and “Industrial Athlete” approach to promote effective injury management protocols. Our therapists provide intense one-on-one injury specific exercise protocols, effective use of therapeutic modalities, and injury prevention training. To assist in a complete case management of an injured worker, MOM also provides comprehensive return to work rehabilitation programs to assure safe and productive return to gainful employement. In conjunction with this aggressive intervention, our therapists develop individualized care plans that also identify risk factors for injury reduction while providing advanced education on injury prevention
Rehabilitation Services provided through Macon Occupational Medicine promote the following benefits:
In addition to the services above we also perform:
In our continuous effort to offer a “one-stop shop” for occupational medicine, Macon Occupational Medicine is in the process of introducing an Employee Wellness Program for industries in Central Georgia. The goal of this program will be to create a healthier lifestyle, workplace, and to prevent injuries. Now that Americans are working more and more, the workplace would be the ideal place to address health and wellness issues.
According to the Wellness Councils of America, more than 81% of American businesses with 50 or more employees have some form of health promotion program for their employees. The most popular programs include: exercise, smoking cessation classes, back care, and stress management. Most employers offer wellness programs simply because they think the benefits outweigh the cost. Worksite health promotion stands out as a long-term answer for keeping your employees well in the first place. The results from some of Americas’ finest companies have shown numerous benefits from having a health promotion and wellness program.
There are tangible benefits associated with workplace wellness programs. These benefits include:
Macon Occupational Medicine is planning to offer health education seminars on exercise, smoking cessation, back care, stress management, blood pressure, diabetes, and nutrition.
We would like the opportunity to discuss how this program may benefit your company. If you have any questions or need additional information, please call Jonathan Pitts, Vice President, Client Relations, at (478) 751-2930.
Macon Occupational Medicine is dedicated to a comprehensive and effective approach to management of work injuries. Not only do we provide effective and immediate care of the musculoskeletal aspects of work injury, we now have increased our effectiveness in performing Functional Capacity Evaluations.Because of the rapid advancements made in the Rehabilitation field, Macon Occupational Medicine has adopted protocols for Functional Capacity Evaluations developed by Isernhagen Work Systems (IWS), which are internationally recognized for methods in reduction of work disability.A Functional Capacity Evaluation (FCE) is a comprehensive, objective test of a person’s ability to perform work-related tasks. It gives everyone involved a concise, unbiased report on the worker’s physical ability to perform work. The IWS method is musculoskeletally oriented so both abilities and limitations of an injured worker can be evaluated as they relate to physical and functional findings.
Purpose of an FCE:
The IWS FCE is based on internationally accepted principles used by physical and occupational therapists for identification of abilities and limitations of an injured worker.
Advantages of an IWS FCE:
Communication of results:
We look forward to your referrals for IWS FCE. We believe you will find our method to be an extremely clear-cut evaluation of a person performing work activities. We recommend that a job description be provided along with the referral or we can perform a job analysis. This will facilitate the return to work process through use of the job-matching grid.
If you would like more information on Functional Capacity Evaluations and how they can be utilized in your work setting or assessing an injured worker’s ability to return to work, please call Leonard Bevill, Chief Executive Officer, at (478) 751-2925.
Macon Occupational Medicine offers a variety of comprehensive safety programs to assist industries in meeting their regulatory requiremnts in the area of occupational health and safety. From preliminary walk-through plant surveys to comprehensive exposure evaluations, detailed compliance strategies are tailored to fit the individual employer’s needs.
Our team of highly trained professionals include those who are certified by the American Board of Industrial Hygiene, Board Certified Safety Professionals, and Certified Ergonomic Evaluators. These professionals also include those who have previously worked for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). This team of highly trained professionals will identify and assess potential work hazards and develop strategies for eliminating or reducing hazard exposure.
If you would like more information on these services and how they can be utilized in your environment, please call Leonard Bevill, Chief Executive Officer, at (478) 751-2900.