independent medical evaluation

in·de·pen·dent med·i·cal e·val·u·a·tion

(IME) (in'dĕ-pen'dĕnt med'i-kăl ĕ-val'yū-ā-shŭn)
Used by insurers to determine a patient's diagnosis, need for continued treatment, degree and permanency of disability, or ability to return to work.
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When questioning a physician's diagnosis, request peer review by other physicians to determine if an independent medical evaluation is necessary.
"Independent medical evaluation of the application is then undertaken."
The new law, which was passed by the National Council on a vote of 107-69 and the Council of States with a 22-20 vote, removes the independent medical evaluation requirement during the first 12 weeks.
Mitchell Mullins, Missouri Independent Medical Evaluations, Springfield (life-care planning); Phillip Eldred, Vocational Consulting Services, Springfield (vocational)
The plaintiff thereupon embarked on five years of hearings, appeals and reconsiderations before the disability subcommittee of the ERSRI and the full board, with conflicting medical opinions presented from five independent medical evaluations and treating clinicians on the questions of whether Borrelli was disabled due to a back injury or PTSD.
Obtain recorded statements; when necessary, request examinations under oath or independent medical evaluations; review photographs of the vehicles; follow and update internal claims-handling procedures; verify information about the medical providers; find out about similar or previous losses; speak to agents; and involve SIU or outside counsel where appropriate.
SAN DIEGO -- Balanced presentations that avoid preconceived conclusions and pay careful attention to detail are key to conducting high-quality independent medical evaluations for workers' compensation, Dr.
Others claims are not as clear-cut, and that's where independent medical evaluations are beneficial.
MES Solutions is the nation's leading management service organization providing legal, insurance, business and other entities direct access to multi-specialty examiners/reviewers with expertise in conducting independent medical evaluations, peer and medical bill review.
Reacting to the adjusters' need to access medical and disability management resources, like independent medical evaluations, case management professionals and physician advisor services, we created a Web-based interface for referring cases, giving our partners access to services all at the click of a mouse.

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