Choosing an IME or Choosing an FCE
UNIVAL schedules both Independent Medical Evaluations (IME’s) and Functional Capacity Exams (FCE’s) for our clients. Sometimes, Case Managers are not sure which one of these exams to request. Here are some guidelines when selecting ~
A FCE is a series of physical tests administered by a state licensed Physical Therapist or Occupational Therapist. A FCE is given to determine the claimant’s physical functional ability. These tests are generally administered in 3-4 hour time frames. The Therapist then returns their check list of physical capabilities along with in depth comments to UNIVAL.
An IME is a one time exam scheduled with a Board Certified medical specialist. This provider reviews medical records, examines the claimant and follows up with a signed narrative report that will be returned to UNIVAL with the doctor’s determination and findings.