Brief Overview:Communicating IME (Independent Medical Examination) processes to employees in Calgary is important for providing transparency and clarity regarding the assessment process. This helps ensure that employees understand the purpose of the examination, their rights and responsibilities, as well as any potential impact on their disability claims.
1. Provide written communication: Send a detailed letter or email explaining the IME process to all employees scheduled for an examination.
2. Explain the purpose: Clearly state that the IME is an objective evaluation conducted by a neutral healthcare professional to assess medical conditions or disabilities.
3. Outline expectations: Inform employees about what they should expect during the examination, such as duration, types of tests involved, and whether any records need to be brought along.
4. Address confidentiality concerns: Assure employees that their personal health information will be handled with utmost discretion and in compliance with privacy laws.
5. Emphasize cooperation: Stress the importance of providing accurate information during the examination and cooperating fully with healthcare professionals conducting it.
Q1: Why am I being asked to undergo an IME?
A1: An Independent Medical Examination may be requested by your employer or insurance company to obtain an unbiased opinion about your medical condition or disability.
Q2: Will my treating physician’s opinions be considered during these examinations?
A2: Yes, your treating physician’s opinions are valuable and will often form part of the assessment process which also includes reviewing available medical records.
Q3: Can I bring someone with me to my IME appointment?
A3: In most cases, you won’t need someone accompanying you unless there are specific reasons related to mobility or cognitive factors requiring assistance. Please contact us if you require further clarification.
Q4: What happens after my IME appointment?
A4:. After completing your Independent Medical Examination, a report will be generated detailing findings and conclusions which would usually be shared in confidence with relevant insurer(s).
Q5: Can I request a copy of my IME report?
A5: Typically, you can request a copy of your IME report, but there may be specific procedures to follow. Please consult our representative who will guide you through the process.
Q6: Will undergoing an IME impact my disability payment claim?
A6: The purpose of the IME is usually to provide additional information for insurers or employers in making informed decisions regarding disability claims. While it does not guarantee any outcome, it is an important step in the evaluation process.
Q7: What if I have concerns about the IME examination process?
A7: If you have any concerns about your rights, privacy, or the conduct of an Independent Medical Examination, please contact us immediately so that we can address them appropriately.
Properly communicating IME processes to employees helps ensure transparency and clarity while alleviating concerns related to independent medical evaluations. It enables employees to understand why they are being examined and their role in providing accurate information during the assessment. By addressing FAQs and potential concerns promptly, employers contribute towards maintaining trust and engagement with their workforce.