DOT Regulations

Congress Passes Synthetic Drug Abuse Prevention Act of 2012

Submitted on Jul 10, 2012

Late last week, as part of the larger Food and Drug Administration Safety and Innovation Act, the Senate approved a bill to combat the use and abuse of synthetic drugs. The bill is now awaiting the President's signature. Reports indicate that DEA officials have anonymously complained that the bill does not cover all of the stimulants that it thought it should.

No HIPAA Requirements for MRO's - DOT Statement

Submitted on Jan 26, 2012

We wish to clarify an issue brought recently to our attention regarding Medical Review Officers (MROs) contacting employees’ treating physicians.  For a number of years, we have emphasized that Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) rules do not apply to MROs carrying out their verification process duties under 49 CFR Part 40.  That position still holds: MROs do not need and must not attempt to obtain an employee’s permission in order to confer with prescribing physicians.