Do You Know the Rule? Or. IME Provider Requirements

18 Aug, 2022 Frank Ferreri


Salem, OR ( -- Independent medical examinations can make or break a workers' compensation claim. Thus, it makes sense that states would have tight requirements on who can and can't perform an IME. One of the states is Oregon, which recently updated its rules on IMEs. 

So, what does the Beaver State require of doctors who perform IMEs? The following breaks it down.

To be a state-authorized IME provider in Oregon, a medical service provider must:

  • Complete the online application available at
  • Hold a current license with the provider’s professional regulatory licensing board.
  • Be in good standing. Under Oregon rules, "good standing" means the provider is not currently, or within the past two years has not been subject to, a disciplinary action or stipulated agreement with the provider’s regulatory licensing board that the division determines to be detrimental to performing IME.
  • Complete the Training Guide to Performing Independent Medical Exams including the corresponding quiz both of which are available at
  • Or complete a state-approved training course regarding IMEs provided by an outside vendor.

Providers can lose their authorized status in Oregon if they:

  • Violated the standards of either the professional conduct for performing IMEs adopted by the provider’s regulatory licensing board or the IME standards published in Appendix B if the provider’s regulatory licensing board does not have IME standards.
  • Have a current restriction on their license or is under a current disciplinary action from their professional regulatory licensing board.
  • Have entered into a voluntary agreement with their regulatory licensing board that the state determines is detrimental to performing IMEs.

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    • Frank Ferreri

      Frank Ferreri, M.A., J.D. covers workers' compensation legal issues. He has published books, articles, and other material on multiple areas of employment, insurance, and disability law. Frank received his master's degree from the University of South Florida and juris doctor from the University of Florida Levin College of Law. Frank encourages everyone to consider helping out the Kind Souls Foundation and Kids' Chance of America.

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