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Assuring Accurate Impairment Ratings

It is imperative that all impairment evaluations result in accurate, unbiased ratings. On February 12, 2019 we offered a webinar focusing on achieving accurate ratings.

The goals of the webinar were:

  • Explain why it is imperative to obtain accurate impairment ratings.
  • Describe the magnitude of the problem and what causes erroneous ratings.
  • Discuss the 3 step model of prevention of health problems and apply this to impairment ratings, including the ability to:

Step 1: Explain how to obtain quality impairment evaluations that are likely to result in correct ratings, including how to:

  • select the most appropriate evaluator
  • utilize published best practices for independent medical evaluations (IMEs)
  • establish standards for the evaluators
  • write an effective cover letter, and provide needed information

Step 2: Establish processes to identify erroneous impairment ratings, including:

  • “red flags”
  • use of technology to screen ratings

Step 3: Implement cost-effective approaches to manage erroneous impairment ratings, including how to:

  • select and use appropriate professionals to review ratings
  • correct a flawed rating
  • have effective cross-examinations
  • Identify resources to improve your knowledge and skills in impairment evaluation.
  • Recommend specific action steps for their organization to improve the accuracy of impairment ratings.