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Frequently Asked Questions

Our office is accepting new patients with open L&I (Labor & Industry) or self-insured workers' compensation claims. We can also do reopening examinations of closed claims. In order to schedule an appointment for claims older than 3 months, our physicians require a chart review prior to scheduling. Please have your previous physicians, claims manager, or attorney send the last 12 months of your records to our office for review. Be sure to include your contact information.

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For established OMA patients being treated for a work related injury, please contact your pharmacy for any medication refills. They will contact our office for authorization. If you require a written hard copy prescription, please leave a message for our nursing staff by calling 509-455-5555 and pressing extension 217. You can also call the toll free number at 855-676-9482 and press extension 217. The nurses review the messages throughout the day. Per office policy, please remember to leave allow 48 hours for your medications to be filled.

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All drug testing is done on a walk-in basis from 7:30 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. Monday through Friday. Drug testing is done on a first come, first serve basis.

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Coming from the North
Take Division Street down to 3rd Avenue. Turn left on 3rd. Drive past Dick's Hamburgers and Goodwill. The next light you come to is Sherman. Turn to the left. Then turn left again on 2nd Avenue. We are 1/2 a block down, on the right hand side, in the second two-story brick building.

Coming from the West (Cheney/Airport/etc)
Take the freeway to the Division Street/Newport Highway Exit 281. Keep in the left lane of the exit and go under the freeway to the light at 3rd Avenue. Turn right onto 3rd Ave. Drive past Dick's Hamburgers and Goodwill. The next light you come to is Sherman. Turn left. Then turn left again on 2nd Avenue. We are 1/2 a block down, on the right hand side, in the second two-story brick building.

Coming from the East (Valley/CDA)
Take the freeway to the 2nd Avenue Exit 282B. Follow 2nd Avenue (there is only one direction you can go off of the freeway) through 2 lights (the first is Arthur, the second is Sherman). Continue straight at the light at Sherman and we are 1/2 a block past the light, on the right hand side of 2nd Avenue, in the second two-story brick building.

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Overall, yes. Let OMA help you and your company with developing a compliant program that is legally defensible.

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Drug-free workplace programs can help employers create safe, healthy and cost-effective workplaces. Employers have reported a decrease in absenteeism, employee turnover, employee mistakes, workplace accidents and in their workers' compensation claims. Other additional benefits seen are better employee morale, improved workplace environment and increased customer satisfaction. Businesses may also qualify for a discount on their workers' compensation premiums. For more information, go to http://www.lni.wa.gov/ClaimsIns/Insurance/Reduce/

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Per DOT (Department of Transportation) regulations once the employee has been notified they must report to the collection site immediately. If they do not report immediately it could be considered a refusal to test and treated like a positive test. If this is not a DOT mandated test, your company policy should define how soon the employee needs to report to the collection facility.

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No, drug testing is on a walk-in basis from 7:30 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. Monday through Friday. Drug testing is done on a first come, first serve basis.

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You must bring your state issued photo ID for your drug screen. Passports and school IDs are also acceptable. Any other photo ID brought in will be allowed at the discretion of the collector. Also, please bring any authorization form you may have from your employer or prospective employer.

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No. There are cut-off levels established in the testing for marijuana to rule out second hand smoke.

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The most important reasons are:

  1. To promote a safe and healthy work force
  2. To comply with laws or regulations
  3. To qualify for insurance discounts, rebates, and other incentives
  4. To prevent associated problems (e.g., absenteeism, accidents, injuries, productivity loss)
  5. To respond to an incident or pattern of substance abuse
  6. To express support for the majority of employees who do not abuse alcohol or other drugs
  7. To invest in worker health, safety, and productivity
  8. To market drug-free workers and services
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Employers should consider the needs of their organization and take steps to ensure that the program they design will work well in their workplace. One way to do that is to work with a company specializing in all aspects of occupational medicine, such as our company, Occupational Medicine Associates. Let OMA set up, manage and promote a drug-free workplace program that will meet all of your company's specific needs.

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The 6 key components are:

  1. A clear written policy
  2. A minimum of 2 hours training for all employees regarding the specific rules of your drug testing program
  3. Additional training for working parents
  4. Drug testing by a certified institution
  5. Possible access to an employee assistance program (EAP)
  6. A continuing drug and alcohol abuse prevention program 1
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Employees are selected randomly by a computer either by ID numbers assigned by the company or by their social security number. The random rate of testing is determined by the appropriate federal rule. In non-DOT (Department of Transportation) regulated testing, the rate of testing will rely on your company policy.

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The MRO contacts the donor/employee when there is a non-negative drug screen result, to find out if prescription medication may explain the result. If yes, the prescribing pharmacy is contacted to verify the information. All three Occupational Medicine Associates physicians are certified MROs and three staff are certified MRO Assistants.

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All drug-screening reports and documentation are kept in complete confidence and shared only with Designated Employer Representatives (DER) via secure email and/or fax.

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Multiple studies show that substance abusing employees are more likely:

  1. To change jobs frequently
  2. To be late or absent from work
  3. To be less productive employees
  4. To be involved in a workplace accident
  5. To file a workers' compensation claim 2
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This Act requires that employees in specific safety-sensitive positions (such as in the trucking, mass transit, railroad, pipeline, aviation industries) be tested for alcohol and drug use. The transportation industry has established additional policies on drug and alcohol testing, to ensure that workers operate aircraft, buses, trains and trucks in a safe and responsible manner.

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According to the U.S. Department of Labor, alcohol and drug abuse has been estimated to cost American businesses roughly 81 billion dollars in lost productivity in just one year, 37 billion due to premature death and 44 billion due to illness. Of these combined costs, 86 percent are attributed to drinking.

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Most binge drinkers and heavy alcohol users are employed. The results from a 2006 National Survey on Drug Use and Health found that of adult binge drinkers, 79.4 percent are employed either full or part time. Of adult heavy drinkers, 79.2 percent are employed.

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Call Occupational Medicine Associates at Toll Free 1-855-676-9482 and we will gladly help you determine if your company is required to have a drug screening program. There is also the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's (SAMHSA) free and confidential Workplace Helpline at 1-800-WORKPLACE for assistance. SAMHSA is part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

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1 The demonstration program offered by the Small Business Administration under the Drug-free Workplace Act of 1998 specified these 6 key components.

2 "Why You Should Care About Having a Drug-Free Workplace": U.S. Department of Health and Human Services