Disability Services

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Feb

Choosing an IME or Choosing an FCE

Our company is an industry leader in scheduling disability services nationwide. We’ve been providing the UNIVAL Advantage to large insurance companies and employers for over 20 years.

In an earlier post we talked about how an Independent Medical Examination (IME) is used in a Disability Insurance Claim by our clients. We also have clients who need us to schedule Functional Capacity Exams (FCE’s).

What is an FCE used for?

According to Joseph J Chen, M.D. “One can use an FCE to develop a treatment program, to measure the physical abilities of patients before and after a rehabilitation program, to modify a rehabilitation treatment, to evaluate whether an injured worker can work, and to determine when he/she can return to work.”

Sometimes Case Managers aren’t sure which exam they need to request. Here are a couple of tips to help you choose the right exam for your claimant.

An FCE is a group of physical tests conducted by a state licensed Physical Therapist or Occupational Therapist. An FCE is given to evaluate the claimant’s physical functional ability. The tests usually take three to four hours. The Therapist takes their check list of physical capabilities that they’ve filled out with in-depth comments, and returns it to our corporate office in Ann Arbor. Provider Portal Doc

An IME is a one-time exam that we schedule with a Board Certified medical specialist. This Physician reviews medical records, gives the claimant a thorough examination and follows it up with a signed narrative report that gets returned to our office with the doctor’s determination and findings.

If you’d like to know more about choosing an IME or an FCE please don’t hesitate to call us.

You can also follow the link below to register in our Online Portal and begin scheduling IMEs and FCES.

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  • http://www.unival-med.com/ UNIVAL

    Anne,

    I will comment on both as well. I believe you summed it up well when you said “FCE is done to evaluate the injured workers functional capacity and then work on areas that are weak. The IME is done when the patient is not making progress or there is not an agreement o next steps”.

    I figured that some of the group members in here would know the basics and be able to sum it up nicely.

    What is your experience with FCEs and IMEs? As a editor do you get many opportunities to write or edit articles that deal with disability services like FCEs and IMEs?

  • allewellyn

    I don’t think it is a choice FCE or Independent Medical Exam….usually the FCE is done to evaluate the injured workers functional capacity and then work on areas that are weak. The IME is done when the patient is not making progress or there is not an agreement o next steps.

    • http://www.unival-med.com/ UNIVAL

      Anne,

      I will comment on both as well. I believe you summed it up well when you said “FCE is done to evaluate the injured workers functional capacity and then work on areas that are weak. The IME is done when the patient is not making progress or there is not an agreement o next steps”.

      I figured that someone with medical related writing experience would know the basics and be able to sum it up nicely.

      What is your experience with FCEs and IMEs? As a editor do you get many opportunities to write or edit articles that deal with disability services like FCEs and IMEs?