New in TMA Law Guide: Guidance on Drug Testing Law

Aug. 15, 2017

In 2017, the Tennessee General Assembly passed a law requiring a licensed healthcare facility or other healthcare employer to report a positive confirmed drug test or a refusal to submit to a drug test of a healthcare practitioner to the appropriate licensing board.

Healthcare practitioners, including physicians, who test positive on an employer-administered drug screen or refuse to submit to testing violate the act.

The practitioner’s employer is required to report this to the appropriate licensing board unless the practitioner produces a lawful prescription for the drug OR reports to the peer assistance program recommended by his/her licensing board within three days of the positive drug screen.

A detailed review of this law and its requirements are discussed in our Law Guide, Urine Drug Testing. (Member Login Required)