AAOS Workers’ Compensation and Improving Your IME/QME Report


AAOS Workers' Compensation and Improving Your IME/QME Report is organized by American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons / American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) 

Who should attend?
• Orthopaedic surgeons and other physicians who:
○ Treat workplace injuries or evaluate medical liability cases
○ Perform IMEs or wish to cultivate their treatment approach for occupational injuries
○ Are planning a shift in their practice focus to a nonsurgical format
• Neurosurgeons
• Occupational physicians and family physicians that see and treatment work related injuries and illnesses
• Allied health professionals in physical and occupational medicine
• Attorneys involved in workers’ compensation or medical liability cases

AMA Credit Designation:

AAOS designates these live activities for 25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™ for Course 3269 and a maximum of 6 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™ for Course 3259. Physicians should claim only the credits commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. 

QME CME Credits: The half-day AAOS Improving Your IME/QME Report course is accredited for 6 hours of Qualified Medical Evaluator (QME) CME credit hours. AAOS is provider #1540. 

Successfully integrate the clinical and non-clinical aspects of Workers’ Compensation

Turn to this unique and practical course to develop and improve your approaches for handling the medical and non-medical components of workers’ compensation cases. Explore the current legal, administrative, ethical and insurance issues in your cases and how to address them. 

New topics and faculty offer current perspectives on causation, diagnosis and treatment options that can improve your outcomes for occupational injuries and illnesses. Learn effective strategies for utilization review, causation analysis, report writing, medical liability, depositions, and communication skills with patients

Half-Day Add On! AAOS Improving Your IME/QME Report 

Join this half-day training and review to gain clarity on the Independent Medical Examination (IME) or Qualified Medical Evaluator (QME) report creation process. This valuable skill is rarely taught in residency programs. Faculty help evolve your skills in patient history, physical examination, IME/QME report writing, impairment, and defense at deposition and trial. 

Objectives & Highlights:
Workers' Compensation 
At the conclusion of this course, learners should be able to:
• Evaluate patients with musculoskeletal pain resulting from workplace injury and formulate a treatment plan with appropriate return-to-work guidelines
• Manage the administrative and legal requirements of workers’ compensation or medical liability cases
• Compare and contrast surgical and nonsurgical treatment protocols for workplace injuries
• Identify how to avoid unnecessary disability
• Gain familiarity with impairment evaluations and reports
• Improve report writing and develop new skills in office management for work-related injuries
• Use science to document return-to-work decisions

Improving Your IME/QME Report 
At the conclusion of this course, learners should be able to:
• Recognize the purpose of IME/QME reports
• Establish specific steps for processing the history, record review, physical examination, and clinical studies
• Understand how to incorporate impairment ratings in your reports
• Create a standard format IME/QME report
• Develop skills to defend your IME/QME report

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