IME – Independent Medical Examinations
IME – Independent Medical Examination
WHAT is an IME?
- An Independent Medical Exam, commonly referred to as an “IME”, is a legal evaluation, usually requested by an insurance company, attorney, or some other involved 3rd party. These evaluations are strictly confidential, and the records are NOT released to any other requesting party.
- As an IME Physician, we fully understand that we are NOT developing any doctor-patient relationship. We will NOT prescribe any medications, and we will NOT make any formal treatment recommendations to the patient.
- Some diagnostic testing may be ordered to properly complete the IME, but these tests are scheduled and performed only with pre-approval from the insurance company or attorney.
HOW to schedule an IME:
- Independent Medical Examinations (IME) must be scheduled by the employer, attorney, or insurance company. Prior to scheduling the appointment, please call our office and talk with the office manager to discuss our IME financial policy. We typically request pre-payment for the IME.
WHEN are IMEs scheduled, and how long does it take?
- IMEs are scheduled at a mutually convenient time, and as quickly as possible.
- A typical IME can take 60 to 90 minutes with the patient. This is followed by an additional 3-4 hours of medical records review and case analysis.
What questions are answered during the IME?
- Typically, the IME-requesting party will ask a series of questions to be answered during the IME. All of these questions will be answered by Dr. Athni.
- If additional testing is necessary to properly answer these questions, we will recommend any necessary diagnostic tests. If approved, we will schedule and coordinate these diagnostic tests.
- Once the IME is completed, and if requested or necessary, Dr. Athni will call the IME-requesting party to discuss the case.
IME records are confidential:
- As noted above, we fully understand the legal implications of an IME, and hence we will release the report only to the IME-requesting party. These records are kept in strict confidence, and will NOT be released to anyone else.
- All cases are handled objectively without being influenced by any outside party. Dr. Athni will “call it like he sees it”.
- Over the last 20 years, we have regularly seen patients referred by insurance companies (handling life insurance policies, disability insurance policies, workers compensation policies, etc), attorneys (representing both patients and employers), and directly from employers.
Oue experience with IMEs:
- Dr. Athni has been performing IMEs for the past 20 years. On average, we complete 10 Independent Medical Evaluations per year.
- If there are any questions or concerns regarding IMEs, please call our office and speak with our office manager. If they cannot answer your questions, then Dr. Athni will speak with you directly.