HIPPA is full of many surprises and here is one you probably haven't considered. A potential conflict of interest arises along with a Breach of confidentiality when using in-house collections and laboratories when hiring healthcare professionals.
Generally drug testing information is not covered under HIPPA. However, there is an exception. According to the law, "if a health care facility performs its own drug testing or specimen collection, using its own medical personnel and its own or affiliated collection and lab facilities; any information obtained during that process may be considered protected health information (PHI) under HIPAA."
With NationsCheck as your (TPA) third party administrator for all employee drug testing you can remove the potential liability associated with per-employment drug testing and shield your company from exposure to potentially large liability claims associated with discrimination and fines from HIPPA enforcement.
By allowing NationsCheck to conduct your employee drug testing program, you could eliminate the risk of treating health care records as employee health records and/or vice versa.
A Medical Professional drug panel test which meets the Federally-mandated SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) and US Dept. of Transportation screens for the presence of the following drugs and drug classes.
The Medical Professional Drug Screen includes:
* Amphetamines (including Methamphetamine, "Crystal Meth")
* Cannabinoids (THC, Marijuana)
* Opiates (Codeine, Morphine, Heroin, Oxycodone, Vidcodin, etc.)
* Phencyclidine (PCP)
* Meperidine (includes Demerol)
* Oxycodone (includes Percadan, Oxycontin)
NationsCheck Inc does employ methodologies that can detect the use of these adulterants.
Laboratory testing includes collection of the sample, transport to the laboratory, EMIT analysis, GC/MS confirmation by a SAMHSA-certified laboratory and a test review by a Medical Review