Three Steps to Paperless Drug Testing

by Dennis King on April 29, 2016

steps-to-paperless-drug-testingThere are many reasons why to transition to paperless drug testing including the Final Rule published by the U.S. Department of Transportation that allows employers, collectors, laboratories and Medical Review Officers  to use electronic Custody and Control Forms, or eCCFs, for their regulated drug testing programs. Benefits include the elimination of inventory management and storage of paper forms, streamlined delivery of eCCF copies to employers and MROs, the ability to track and monitor real-time drug tests online from order to final result, and increased speed of a process through the use of technology. Yet, of all of these benefits, one stands out as possibly the most impactful – clear, easy to read Custody and Control (CCF) Form images that capture all of the required data.

Here are three steps to help employers transition to paperless drug testing:

1 – Require Electronic Non-Regulated Collections
An employer can send the donor to a collection site with a paper CCF. eCCF-enabled collection sites in the Quest Diagnostics network will automatically convert paper CCFs to eCCFs at the time of collection. This process yields high-quality digital images and consistent specimen collection protocols guided by an online wizard. In this scenario, the only change required of employers who continue to utilize paper CCFs is that they will need to begin tracking their donor’s drug test via the Donor ID located in Step 1. C. of the paper CCF as other unique identifiers will change during the conversion process.

2 – Order Non-Regulated Tests Online
Employers can order drug tests online and provide donors with a drug test collection authorization form. This method offers simplified processing at the collection site, real-time status updates for drug tests and the elimination of frustrations associated with paper forms.

3 – Go Paperless with Regulated Testing
Once an employer’s drug testing laboratory is approved by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) National Laboratory Certification Program (NLCP) to offer Federal eCCF, the organization can implement online ordering for your regulated drug tests. This will increase program control by using one system for every drug testing transaction and eliminate illegible images by purging paper forms.

Online processes mean less paperwork, fewer errors and increased productivity for your organization. Begin enjoying the advantages of speed and efficiency by taking steps to transition to paperless drug.

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Honoring Our Lab Technicians

by Bonnie Bush on April 25, 2016

2016_quest_diagnostics_lab_week.jpgThe core of our company revolves around providing accurate laboratory testing for our customers. This week, Quest Diagnostics and other lab-driven healthcare companies celebrate our hard-working laboratory technicians during Lab Week.

In the United States, there are more than 300,000 medical laboratory professionals who come to work every day and provide results that make a difference in peoples’ lives, and so for that reason, each April we take the time to acknowledge their efforts.

“Our laboratory employees work all shifts, over the weekend, and even on holidays to fulfill our clients’ needs. Our lab staff has pride in their jobs and Lab Week enables us to pause momentarily to celebrate all that we do,” said Anne Roberts, Laboratory Manager.

To celebrate this week, there are a number of activities planned including: trivia, snacks, races, games and contests. Like all of us at Quest Diagnostics, our lab staff works hard to show our clients that we’re there when you need us, and during this week, we’re looking forward to taking the opportunity to thank them for all that they do.

For more information about our laboratory, visit our website or contact us online.

Refining our Synthetic Cannabinoids Panel

April 18, 2016 Synthetic Drugs

Synthetic cannabinoids (also known as “K2” or “Spice”) mimic the main psychoactive ingredient, Δ9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), found in marijuana. They do not contain cannabis but can produce a euphoric, hallucinatory effect anywhere between four and fifty times more potent than the THC found in marijuana. Data collected from emergency room visits and poison control centers reveals […]

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Does Workplace Drug Testing Work?

April 15, 2016 Industry News

As marijuana becomes more widely accepted, some are questioning if workplace drug testing for marijuana and other illicit drugs is appropriate or even necessary. Some argue that the so-called “war on drugs” is over and, therefore, drug testing provides no value. Yet, the reality is that there is a wealth of empirical research conducted by […]

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Painkiller Abuse and the Workplace

April 13, 2016 Industry News

“A Hidden Epidemic” was the cover story in last month’s issue of HR magazine. The article discusses the enormous toll prescription painkiller abuse is taking on the workplace. Author Dori Meinert interviewed several human resources professionals to gain perspective on why employees are grappling with addiction. Many employees may not seek help because they fear […]

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National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day

April 11, 2016 Industry News

Overdoses and deaths caused by prescription drug abuse have reached epidemic proportions. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), an estimated 52 million people have used prescription drugs for non medical reasons at least once in their lifetimes. Consequences associated with prescription drug misuse have been well-documented. Some specific facts include: Twelve percent […]

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Alcohol Awareness Month

April 8, 2016 Alcohol

According to the 2014 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), minors use alcohol more frequently than they use all illicit drugs combined. The study revealed that 8.7 million people between the ages of 12 and 20 reported drinking alcohol in the past month. Of those adolescents, 5.3 million were considered binge drinkers and […]

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Moving Towards eCCF Approval

April 7, 2016 eCCF

The electronic Custody and Control Form, or eCCF, is a digital version of the traditional, five-part, paper Custody and Control Form – the document used for drug test ordering, specimen collection processing, specimen chain of custody documentation – from collection to receipt at the laboratory – for workplace drug testing and result documentation and reporting […]

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Reasons for Testing Series: Periodic Drug Testing

April 4, 2016 Reasons for Testing

Periodic drug testing is scheduled and is typically performed on current employees at consistent time periods throughout the year. Many companies choose to perform annual periodic testing – especially if employees are required to undergo an annual physical. Since periodic testing is a scheduled, announced test, it can present a drawback in that employees who […]

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