Occucare’s primary service is performing Independent Medical Evaluations (IMEs). These IMEs may be conducted for a variety of medical or legal reasons, such as when a claimant exhibits one or more disabilities that appear to be due to job-related accidents or illnesses.
As an independent, non-treating physician group, Occucare offers its clients:
- An impartial and neutral evaluation of the claimant, thus eliminating “conflict-of-interest” issues that a clinical physician may encounter
- The convenience of scheduling assessments via phone, email or on-line
- A roster of quality physicians with diverse specialties
- Expertly written, standardized physician reports
- State-of-the-art transcription service that produces quality, timely reports within days of the examination
- Rush/Stat file reviews
- A medical–legal expert who is available on request to discuss the IME report
- A medical review officer
- A registered pharmacist
- Exceptional customer service
Occucare has been providing IME service to risk management companies, MCOs, TPAs, Workers’ Compensation consultants, self-insured employers, legal firms and insurance companies across the country since 1988.
Our clients can feel confident in the knowledge that our credentialed physicians are experienced in their specialty and provide complete, objective and accurate IME reports. Occucare physicians are experienced with and strictly follow the criteria as set forth in: the AMA Guides to the Evaluation of Permanent Impairment, 5th Edition in determining impairment, disability and handicap; the ODG Treatment Guidelines when assessing treatment issues; the Miller components when considering medical necessity; and Mercy Guidelines when determining Chiropractic issues.
A clear, accurate and complete IME report is essential to resolving a claimant’s medical treatment, disability or impairment issues.
Issues covered in an Occucare IME report may include:
- Causal relationship
- Permanent impairment
- Permanent total disability
- Short- and long-term disability
- Maximum Medical Improvement (MMI)
- Work capacity/capability
- Extent of disability
- Appropriateness of treatment
- Recommendations on management
- Loss of use
- Drug utilization
- Fitness for duty
- FMLA disability
- Peer review
- Any issue raised by the client organization