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Specific sleep apnea screening criteria cut in latest draft medical examiner handbook

By Todd Dills -
Posted May 25th 2021 2:15PM

The latest draft handbook for certified medical examiners no longer contains previously proposed details on screening and treating sleep apnea that were part of a prior draft. The withdrawal of those detailed recommendations alarmed some members of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's Medical Review Board, which met May 20. 

"These medical examiners would be in a terrible position if we didn’t arm them" with the detailed tools needed to do their job, said board member Dr. Albert Osbahr. He is medical director for occupational health services at Catawba Valley Medical Center in North Carolina. "Industry doesn’t like it, but they’re not the ones doing the exam. It’s myself and colleagues who are on the firing line."