The Florida Bar

The Florida Bar
and the Workers' Compensation Section present
Questions to Ask Your IME Provider: What You Want to Know vs What You Need to Know

Course Classification: Intermediate Level
Telephonic Seminar: Tuesday, October 11, 2011
12:00 noon - 1:30 p.m. EST

Course No. 1293R

This seminar will prepare the attorney with an understanding of the questions they should ask their IME provider. The IME should address diagnosis, causality, appropriate treatment, MMI status, impairment rating, and abilities and limitations for return to work. It is helpful to the IME provider when the referral source drafts well constructed questions. Asking the poorly constructed questions can create problems for both the IME provider and the referral source. Dr. Jeffrey Penner has more than 30 years experience as an Orthopaedic Surgeon and providing medical legal opinions. Dr. Penner will address the manner in which a referral source should ask the IME providers to opine on a case being seen for an IME.

11:50 a.m. – 12:00 noon (EST)

Connection Time

12:00 noon – 12:05
Welcome and Introductions
Dawn Traverso, Aventura

12:05 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.
Questions to Ask Your IME Provider: What you Want to Know versus What you Need to Know
Jeffrey S. Penner, MD


How to ask questions to get a substantiated opinion regarding diagnosis: Diagnosis should be based on evidenced-based medicine to support the diagnosis, and consideration and/or rule-outs of diagnoses that may have been considered by other examiners and treating physicians in the review of records
How can you ask Causality Questions to address the most problematic cases: The Rules of Causality will be presented, and discussion of the problematic causality cases; that of acute injury overlaid on degenerative changes.
How to address Best Practices Care and the associated costs of care: Best Practices treatment will be discussed and the link to treatment for causally related conditions versus pre-existing conditions.
How to ask the question to get a properly constructed Impairment Rating: Using the FL or AMA Guides takes experience and diligence. Discussion of the common errors will be presented and how you can ask for an evidence based Impairment Rating
How to ask questions regarding Work Abilities and Limitations to get evidenced based opinions: A discussion of the scope of approaches a physician may take to address these issues, including a Functional Capacity Evaluation (FCE) versus a Functional Medicine Evaluation.

1:15 p.m. – 1:25 p.m.
Question and Answers

1:25 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Closing Remarks


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Credit may be applied to more than one of the programs above but cannot exceed the maximum for any given program. Please keep a record of credit hours earned. RETURN YOUR COMPLETED CLER AFFIDAVIT PRIOR TO CLER REPORTING DATE (see Bar News label). (Rule Regulating The Florida Bar 6-10.5).

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