Independent Medical Evaluations
evaluations, or IMEs, are necessary to determine the cause, extent and treatment
of an injury where liability is at issue. These examinations can also be useful
in assessing whether an individual has garnered maximum benefit from his or her
treatment, or whether any permanent impairment remains after treatment has been
can be conducted
at the request of an employer or an insurance carrier, and are used to obtain
an independent opinion about the medical status of an individual. Workers'
compensation insurance carriers, auto insurance carriers, and self-insured employers
have a legal right to carry out this type of examination.
IMEs have diverse areas of
focus. These evaluations may be conducted by a number of different specialists,
including orthopedic surgeons, psychiatrists, psychologists, rheumatologists,
general practitioner physicians, neurologists, physiotherapists, dentists, and
chiropractors. As well as evaluating the medical status of the individual, IMEs
can focus on how to accommodate the employee in order to return him or her to the
original task, or to another position. These IMEs may be classified as
vocational or ergonomic.
Medical Assessment Companies
Medical assessment companies
specialize in providing Independent Medical Evaluations, which must be
precisely reported, and legally defensible. Many organizations call on
companies like this after an injury occurs. However, there is a great deal of
benefit that can be derived from partnering with a medical assessment firm
before an injury claim becomes necessary. Better firms offer many other
services that can help to protect your workplace and maximize efficiency.
An area where premium
medical assessment companies can help is with education. From "Lunch and Learn”
seminars to ergonomic assessment of workstations, education can help to prevent
injuries from occurring.
managers know that the personal problems of employees can spill over into the
workplace, having a negative impact on morale, productivity, and client
relations. Some medical assessment firms provide Employee Assistance
Plans, or EAPs.
An EAP offers fast,
professional, and confidential counseling for employees that may be struggling
with issues such as drug and alcohol dependence, marital discord, elder care,
An employer may choose to hold
onsite clinics, and some medical assessment firms are able to set these up.
These events may centre on prevention, such as fall flu clinics, which have
been shown to reduce employee absences during flu season, or on screening for
high blood pressure and cholesterol. Identifying employees who suffer from
either of the latter two problems may even save their lives, as treating these
"silent killers” can prevent heart attacks and strokes. Finally, employers may
also choose to screen for drug and alcohol abuse. Getting help for these
individuals can prevent personal tragedy and ameliorate negative workplace
Contact a reputable medical assessment
today, and discuss what a
partnership can do for your organization. Partnering can be good for your
employees, and good for the bottom line!