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Drug testing of applicants and employees by hospitals and other medical related businesses is standard practice. This includes physician’s groups, nursing schools, visiting nurse agencies, medical staffing agencies, nursing homes, long term care facilities, pharmacies, animal hospitals and veterinarian clinics. What you will typically find in the health care industry is an expanded panel of drugs to be tested, which is available at Fastest Labs of St. Pete.

Medical professionals have access to a number of prescription drugs. These professionals must make critical decisions about our health and well-being, and there’s little doubt that those decisions are best made while free from the influence of alcohol, illegal and prescription drugs.

At Fastest Labs of St. Pete, we caution healthcare employers to not conduct the drug testing in house using in house collectors and in house laboratories. This can be looked at as a conflict of interest and a breach of confidentiality. Generally, drug testing information is not covered under HIPPA. There is an exception; if a health care facility performs its own drug testing or specimen collection, using its own medical personnel and its own or affiliated collection and lab facilities; any information obtained during that process may be considered protected health information (PHI) under HIPAA.

The use of a third party administrator (TPA) such as Fastest Labs, for healthcare professionals is highly recommended. The health care employer can significantly reduce exposure to huge liability by moving the applicant and employee drug testing program to an unaffiliated lab and collection site, thereby eliminating the risk of treating health care records as employee health records and/or vice versa. This can be accomplished by using a TPA – an expert in drug testing.

The healthcare professional panels offered by Fastest Labs of St. Pete include a variety of expanded drugs for testing. We work with our partner laboratories Quest Diagnostics, LabCorp, CRL and Alere Toxicology to match the Healthcare Professional Panel (HPP) or Medical Professional Panels (MedPro) drug testing panels required by the employer.

Adult day care centers, hospice volunteers, certain students working in mental health and assisted living facilities must have employees fingerprinted with a Level 2 Background Check. The Level 2 Background Check for Assisted Living Facilities is required by The American Health Care Association (AHCA) and is based on F.S. 429.174.

Fastest Labs of St. Pete Is Your Trusted Partner for Drug Testing and Level 2 Background Checks

In St. Petersburg, Fastest Labs conducts pre-employment, random, and post-accident drug testing which is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.