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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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Independent Medical Examination: Workers’ Comp Fraud

Can statements made by a workers’ comp claimant to an IME physician be used to convict the claimant of workers’ comp fraud? The court in, Commonwealth v. Wilson, Mass: Appeals Court 2013, said yes. The court upheld the conviction for workers’ comp fraud based substantially on the misrepresentations by the claimant to the two IME physicians. The court stated: On August 2, 2007, the defendant underwent an independent medical evaluation

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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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Fibromyalgia After Soft Tissue Injuries Compensable in Canada

The March 2013 issue of the Journal of Rheumatology includes the article, A Medicolegal Analysis of Worker Appeals for Fibromyalgia as a Compensable Condition Following Workplace Soft-Tissue Injury. The cases studied were appeals for fibromyalgia after soft tissue injuries.   RESULTS: All injuries were of a soft-tissue type, without persistent physical findings to explain continued symptoms. The tribunal accepted 67% of appeals for aggravation of FM, and 59% for new-onset

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Causation in Workers’ Compensation Cases: Diagnosis of Exclusion

Physicians determine causation in workers’ compensation cases primarily based on excluding other potential causes. The Journal of Occupational Medicine (London) ran an interesting article, How Physicians Allocate Causation: A Scenario Study With Factorial Design. The results and conclusion of the study are as follows:   RESULTS: The nature of the condition and scenario type (i.e. strength of the causal information about workplace and non-workplace factors) were associated with the physicians’

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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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