Friday, August 3, 2018

NRCME website functionality restored! (Partially); FMCSA relieves burden on medical examiners for reporting of driver medical examinations.





On June 22, 2018  FMCSA restored partial functionality to the NRCME Website which allows medical examiners to submit driver examination.  The site has been down for about six months prior to that, due to reported hacking.  Certified and registered medical examiners were contacted via email by the FMCSA and were instructed on how to create an account at Login.gov.   However, the functionality for designated medical examiner administrative assistants (MEAAs) and third-party administrators (TPAs) to submit exam results on behalf of certified medical examiners has not yet been restored. 

FMCSA also extended the compliance dates for the medical examiner certification integration:  https://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/regulations/medical/extension-compliance-dates-medical-examiners-certification-integration-finaldelaying several provisions of the Medical Examiner’s Certification Integration final rule from June 22, 2018 to June 22, 2021. 

Two important changes announced by FMCSA regarding reporting of driver medical examinations.
This should be good news to all medical examiners concerned about the accumulating backlog of driver medical examinations that need to be uploaded.  This is in regard not only to backlog reporting but the daily reporting requirements that would have required examiners to report results of new examinations by midnight (local time) of the next calendar day following the examination starting on June 22, 2018.

https://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/regulations/medical/medical-examiner%E2%80%99s-requirement-upload-examination-results
  1. Daily reporting:  by medical examiners is delayed until further notice by FMCSA and when all reporting functionality of the NRCME website is restored.  This is to allow designated MEAAs and TPAs who do not yet have the ability to report to be able to do so on behalf of medical examiners.   
  2. Backlog reporting:  additionally, FMCSA is also allowing medical examiners an extension in order to enter the results of of examinations backlogged during the the time the NRCME website was down without penalties.  Therefore, medical examiners do not have to immediately upload results of examinations that were performed during the outage.  The announcement of the extension to upload examinations will be published in the Federal Register by the FMCSA and registered medical examiners will be notified of the publication via email.

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