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The Importance of Medical Review Officers

Dr. Anjmun Sharma

A Medical Review Officer is a fully licensed physician who works in the laboratory to ensure that data and results collected by the drug screen are examined and addressed. They play an imperative role in the drug screening process for both the employee and the employer. Some of the roles are described below.

He or she helps to interpret and review the laboratory results. This consequently protects the employers from making decisions regarding the employee’s claims that his or her drug test results were caused by medical treatment or medication. It also keeps the employer from dealing with complicated matters related to the disclosure or the release of private medical information pertaining the employee.

The Medical Review Officer reviews the results from the lab to ensure that the correct test was undertaken and the right procedures followed. If a drug test is positive, it is his or her responsibility to contact the employee to explain the validity of the outcome. Results are reported to the employer in cases where the employee fails to provide feedback. Additional information concerning the laboratory and federal agency is also shared with the employer.

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