Worker’s Compensation

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Our team of specialists provide comprehensive medical evaluation and treatment of work related injuries. For the convenience of our patients, our clinic provides the dispensing of medications for Worker’s Compensation patients, mail order medications, the routine monitoring of Urine Drug Screens, labs drawn on site, and dispensing of Durable Medical Equipment. Independent Medical Exam (IME) A one time unbiased, overall comprehensive evaluation of a patient’s diagnosis and status. This includes review of medical records and physical examination. Recommendations may be given regarding further diagnostic tests and treatment. The IME does not replace your treating physician.

However, the patient’s overall medical condition is evaluated versus a specific diagnosis. Often disability ratings are involved. Impairment Ratings The impairment rating is an estimate of the severity of human impairment based on acceptable medical standards. The Social Security Administration (SSA) defines a medically determinable impairment as “an impairment that results from anatomical, physiological, or psychological abnormalities which can be shown by medically acceptable clinical and laboratory diagnostic techniques” The SSA further states that a physical or mental impairment “must be established by medical evidence consisting of signs, symptoms, and laboratory findings–not only by the individual’s statement of symptoms.”

Second Opinions. Many patients and insurance companies use second opinions to verify a previous diagnosis and treatment plan. Functional Capacity Evaluation (FCE) A two-day assessment of the client’s functional capabilities.

The test safely and objectively measures:
- repetitive lifting capacity at various levels
- repetitive push, pull, and carrying capacities
- hand grip strength
- tolerance for elevated work
- prolonged trunk flexion in sitting and standing
- prolonged trunk rotation in sitting and standing
- prolonged crawl, knee and sustained crouch positions
- repetitive squat
- tolerance for prolonged sitting and standing
- maximum walking, stairs and stepladder capacity
- balance
- hand coordination

Following the FCE, results and recommendations are discussed with the patient and referral source.