Friday, May 24, 2013

Medscape: Want Hospital Admitting Privileges? First Pass a Drug Test

NAMSS President, Melissa Walters, is quoted in the article below.

By Robert Lowes

May 16, 2013

Physicians seeking medical staff privileges at a hospital should first go into a bathroom and fill a small paper cup, all for the sake of patient safety, suggests an article published online April 29 in JAMA.

Requiring physicians to take a urine drug test as a condition of employment is already the norm at hospitals, but lead author Julius Pham, MD, PhD, and colleagues recommend that hospitals also screen medical staff applicants for possible impairment by substance abuse.

Read the full article and see what Melissa had to say at

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