|What are Independent Medical Evaluations (IMEs)?
|IMEs are medical assessments performed by neutral and independent healthcare professionals to determine a person’s medical condition, disability, or impairment.
|Who requests IMEs?
|IMEs can be requested by insurance companies, employers, or legal representatives to obtain an unbiased medical opinion.
|What is the purpose of an IME?
|The purpose of an IME is to assess the current medical condition, the extent and cause of injuries or disabilities, and the possible need for medical treatment or rehabilitation.
|What types of medical professionals perform IMEs?
|IMEs can be performed by various medical professionals such as physicians, psychologists, psychiatrists, occupational therapists, and other specialists depending on the nature of the evaluation.
|Are IMEs mandatory?
|IMEs are usually not mandatory, but they may be required by insurance policies, legal proceedings, or the request of an employer.
|Will the IME doctor become the patient’s regular physician?
|No, IME doctors do not become the patient’s regular physicians. Their role is solely to provide an independent assessment.
|How long does an IME usually take?
|The duration of an IME depends on the complexity of the case, but it typically lasts for a few hours.
|What should the patient bring to an IME?
|Patients should bring any relevant medical documents, diagnostic test results, medications, and a list of current symptoms or limitations.
|Can a patient bring a support person to their IME?
|In most cases, patients are allowed to have a support person present during their IME.
|Can the patient challenge the findings of an IME?
|Yes, the patient can challenge the findings of an IME if they disagree. They may seek a second opinion or present their objections during legal proceedings.