Dr. Paul P. Antonecchia, MD, MBA, FACP, FACPE Certified By Medical Review Officer Certification Council (MROCC)
12/2/2015 11:50 AM
Dr. Paul P. Antonecchia, MD, MBA, FACP, FACPE recently qualified as a certified Medical Review Officer (MRO). Dr. Antonecchia was certified by the Medical Review Officer Certification Council (MROCC), an independent physician-based certifying body that conducts a rigorous and extensive application process and written credentialing examination to identify licensed physicians with the highest professional standards of medical expertise and practical skills necessary to evaluate drug and alcohol test results in public and private sectors of the workplace. As Medical Director of Occupational Medicine, Dr. Antonecchia works for many local companies evaluating employees for workplace readiness.
Dr. Antonecchia, Chief Medical Officer St. John’s Riverside Hospital, has focused on leadership, administration and education throughout his career. He successfully completed a three year ACGME accredited residency program in Internal Medicine at Westchester County Medical Center, Valhalla New York, following his graduation from New York Medical College and subsequently served as a fourth year chief resident. His chief resident year was centered on residency program administration and education. Dr. Antonecchia served as a Captain in the U.S. Army Reserve Medical Corp, having successfully completed Officer’s candidacy and leadership training. He earned an MBA degree, graduating cum laude from the University of Hartford. Dr. Antonecchia became a Vanguard Member of the American College of Physician Executives (ACPE) after earning his Certified Physician Executive credential, which was awarded by the Certifying Commission on Medical Management. He went on to receive his Fellowship in the ACPE, and now serves on the Certifying Commission on Medical Management. He currently serves as core teaching faculty with St. John’s Riverside Hospital’s clinical clerkship program through the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM), having attained the designation of Adjunct Clinical Professor of Medicine. Dr. Antonecchia’s special interests include performance improvement and medical informatics.
MROCC Certification is intended to ensure the public of quality services and the maintenance of ethical conduct by qualified Physicians involved in drug and alcohol testing review.
The U.S. Department of Transportation, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, most Fortune 500 corporations and many smaller companies require employee drug and alcohol testing today. More than 20 million forensic drug test specimens are processed by certified laboratories every year, and the results of these laboratory tests are reviewed and interpreted by highly credentialed physicians acting as MROCC-Certified Medical Review Officers (MROs). Federal law (49 CFR Part 40 of the Federal Register) mandates that a certified MRO must make the final determination of whether a positive laboratory test represents substance abuse.
The certified MRO may also act as a valuable resource to protect the company, helping with policies and regulatory issues, as well as providing related services such as drug testing collections, breath alcohol testing services, coordination of laboratory services, laboratory performance testing, and preparation of summary reports for employers. MROCC certification indicates that a physician is well-prepared to handle all essential aspects of workplace drug and alcohol testing programs.
The MROCC Board of Directors represent a multi-specialty partnership among a variety of medical specialty groups – the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, the American Academy of Clinical Toxicologists, the American College of Medical Toxicology, the American Society of Addiction Medicine, the College of American Pathologists -- as well as the American Medical Association.