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Consulting Opportunities for Physicians from SEAK

Thousands of physicians are currently supplementing their clinical income by acting as physician consultants. These physicians enjoy acting as consultants for many reasons including: *They get to work with very smart people in business and industry *Physicians are handsomely rewarded for their efforts and are free to charge for their time, effort, and results *Getting to help solve/answer challenging problems and questions *Gives physicians a paid opportunity to be creative

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Causation Experts on IMEs

James B. Talmage, MD co-author of the text AMA Guides to the Evaluation of Disease and Injury Causation and contributing author Steven Babitsky, Esq. will lead the SEAK IME SKILLS FOR PHYSICIANS: THE MASTER’S PROGRAM on September 21-22, 2013 on Cape Cod MA. Dr. Talmage and Attorney Babitsky will cover a host of important topics for physicians interested in IME’s including: Advanced History Taking IME Causation In-Depth Effective Use of

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Independent Medical Examination: Knee Injury MRI Evidence

By Steven Babitsky, Esq. The court in, Rodriguez v. WORKERS’  COMPENSATION APPEAL BOARD, PA: Commonwealth Court 2013, dealt with a claimant who fell at work and sustained a menisci tear in her right knee. The issue was whether the fall aggravated the degenerative condition in her knee. The court upheld the finding of the IME physician who found that the MRIs performed before and after the accident showed no substantial

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Return to Work After Chronic Pain Disorder

The March issue of Occup Med (London) includes the article, Predicting Return to Work Following Treatment of Chronic Pain Disorder. The results of the study found early intervention and referred the keys to success. Results of the injured workers who participated in the interdisciplinary CPD treatment programme, 1002 clients met our inclusion criteria and were included in the study. Fifty-five per cent were male with a mean age of 46

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Return to Work After Total Joint Arthroplasty

The April issue of Jarthoplasty includes the story, Workers’ Compensation Patients After Total Joint Arthroplasty: Do They Return to Work? The results of the study indicates that receipt of workers’ compensation may impact recovery. The results of the study were: Clinicians identify patients receiving Workers’ Compensation (WC) as unlikely to fully benefit from total joint arthroplasty (TJA), with possibly decreased ability to return to work. We completed follow-up for 164

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Predictors of Disability Biopsychosocial Determinants

The journal Work in its 2013 issue carries as important article, Biopsychosocial Determinants of Work Outcomes of Workers With Occupational Injuries Receiving Compensation: A Prospective Study. The results of the study were as follows: RESULTS: The variables under investigation were: age, gender, duration of symptoms, pain severity, disability, work importance, work support, work satisfaction, recovery expectations, depression, anxiety, global distress severity index, post-traumatic symptoms and readiness to change. After multivariate

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Lumbar Fusion: Predictors of Disability

The April 2013 issue of Orthopedics has an important article entitled Predictors of Oswestry Disability Index Worsening After Lumbar Fusion. Smokers and obese surgical patients do not fare as well when undergoing lumbar fusion. The authors identified patients with an increase in their Oswestry Disability Index (ODI) score after lumbar spine fusion to evaluate whether this is a plausible definition of deterioration and to determine whether any common patient characteristics

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IME Skills for Physicians: The Masters Program

The Sea Crest Beach Hotel, Falmouth, Cape Cod, Massachusetts Saturday–Sunday, September 21-22, 2013 This is the most advanced training available on Independent Medical Evaluations (IMEs) and will be offered only once in 2013. Attendees will learn through lecture, case studies, questions and answers,demonstrations, and interactive learning how to distinguish themselves as independent medical evaluators. Physicians completing these intensive two days of training will raise the level of their IME work

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Toxicologist as IME Physician

An editorial in the Journal of Medical Toxicology entitled “Fear Not the IME” calls for toxicologists to consider getting involved in an IME practice.   Here is what the editorial had to say about The Business of Independent Medical Exams:   Billing is based on time spent working on the case. The hourly rate you charge for chart review, examination, report writing and revision, as well as time spent in

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Top 6 Ways to Increase your Independent Medical Exam Referrals

Top 6 Ways to Increase Your IME Business by 50%   Physicians who perform IME’s can increase their business 50% by following simple but yet effective marketing techniques. Many IME physicians make the mistake of waiting for clients to call with new business or turning over their “marketing” to their assistant and hoping for the best. This is usually a recipe for marketing failure. Here are some of the techniques

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