By Mark Studin, DC, FASBE(C), DAAPM, DAAMLP Read original article from Dynamic Chiropractic here
An independent medical examination (IME) is performed by a doctor who has not previously been involved in the treatment of a given patient. By definition, the IME doctor renders a second opinion that allows for necessary care of covered issues of injured patients.
The purpose is to either protect the payer from overutilization or to certify that an employee is fit for the task they were hired to do. While there are many arguments about the integrity of the process, let’s explore the relationship the IME and peer-review doctors have with patients, and the licensure and liability issues those doctors face when reporting partial facts and/or