IMEs as forces for healing, not harming — Part 2: healthcare providers

Lauren Finestone

Independent medical examinations are a healthcare issue that contributes to poorer outcomes for injured workers. What does the research say about how healthcare providers can make a positive difference?

If a case manager wants to assess the status of a worker’s injury, or wants another opinion on whether the injury is work-related, they can refer the worker to an independent medical examiner — usually a relevant specialist.  But we know from the It pays to care policy that independent medical examinations (IMEs) are one of the main compensation system psychosocial factors that can enhance or impede recovery and RTW outcomes for...

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Published 02 November, 2022 | Updated 08 November, 2022