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Guides Newsletter (2014) 19 (1): 13–15.
Published: 01 January 2014
... in asymptomatic extension deficits of index, middle, and ring fingers. Would you combine the impairment due to finger motion loss with that for the fusion? ANSWER : It depends on which edition of the AMA Guides is used. Impairment for the wrist fusion would be determined using the final wrist...
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Guides Newsletter (2022) 27 (4): 1–17.
Published: 01 July 2022
... radiculopathy. In the sixth edition of the AMA Guides to the Evaluation of Permanent Impairment (AMA Guides) , this distinction determines what row in the spine tables is used to rate impairment. Failure to discern between nonverifiable radicular complaints and true radiculopathy is a source of frequent errors...
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Guides Newsletter (2021) 26 (2): 13–17.
Published: 01 March 2021
...James B. Talmage, MD; Jay Blaisdell, MA; Christopher R. Brigham, MD Nerve lesions caused by traumatic events to the lower extremity's peripheral nerves are rated using Section 16.4 of the sixth edition of the AMA Guides to the Evaluation of Permanent Impairment (AMA Guides). Results from sensory...
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Guides Newsletter (2021) 26 (1): 9–17.
Published: 01 January 2021
...Daniel C. Schainholz, MD, MPH The assessment of visual impairment using the AMA Guides to the Evaluation of Permanent Impairment (AMA Guides), Fifth Edition, requires a thoughtful ophthalmologic evaluation and careful application of the functional vision tests and arithmetic criteria provided...
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Guides Newsletter (2020) 25 (6): 10–12.
Published: 01 November 2020
... be familiar with jurisdictional requirements that effectively supplant AMA Guides to the Evaluation of Permanent Impairment (AMA Guides) methodology. © 2020 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved. 2020 American Medical Association Analysis of the Findings AMA Guides Methodology...
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Guides Newsletter (2020) 25 (6): 7–9.
Published: 01 November 2020
...Jay Blaisdell, MA; James B. Talmage, MD This article provides an overview of the conceptual foundations of the AMA Guides to the Evaluation of Permanent Impairment (AMA Guides) , Sixth Edition. Impairment assessment in the sixth edition underwent a “paradigm shift” compared to the AMA Guides...
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Guides Newsletter (2020) 25 (3): 12–19.
Published: 01 May 2020
...Justin D. Beck, Esq.; Judge David B. Torrey Medical evaluators must understand the context for the impairment assessments they perform. This article exemplifies issues that arise based on the role of impairment ratings and what edition of the AMA Guides to the Impairment of Permanent Impairment...
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Guides Newsletter (2020) 25 (2): 3–8.
Published: 01 March 2020
...Mohammed I. Ranavaya, MD, JD, MS, FFOM, FRCPI, FACLM; Christopher R. Brigham, MD, MMS Since its inception more than six decades ago, the AMA Guides to the Evaluation of Permanent Impairment, ( AMA Guides ), has become internationally accepted as a global benchmark and is used in the United States...
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Guides Newsletter (2019) 24 (6): 18–19.
Published: 01 November 2019
... © 2019 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved. 2019 American Medical Association For over 50 years, the AMA Guides ® to the Evaluation of Permanent Impairment (AMA Guides ® ) have been the trusted authoritative source that physicians, patients, and regulators rely...
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Guides Newsletter (2019) 24 (5): 3–7, 16.
Published: 01 September 2019
... This article presents a history of the origins and development of the AMA Guides to the Evaluation of Permanent Impairment ( AMA Guides ), from the publication of an article titled “A Guide to the Evaluation of Permanent Impairment of the Extremities and Back” (1958) until a compendium of thirteen...
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Guides Newsletter (2019) 24 (4): 15.
Published: 01 July 2019
...James B. Talmage, MD © 2019 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved. 2019 American Medical Association QUESTION: In assessing impairment using the AMA Guides , Sixth Edition, what are the criteria for using Table 16-2 for calcaneal fractures—is it intra-articular...
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Guides Newsletter (2018) 23 (3): 3–4.
Published: 01 May 2018
... rather than subjective complaints. Patch testing, biopsy, and sensory discrimination tests are reliable tools at the evaluating physician's disposal. Disfigurements of the face are rated using the AMA Guides to the Evaluation of Permanent Impairment ( AMA Guides ), Sixth Edition, Section 11.3, The Face...
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Guides Newsletter (2018) 23 (2): 3–8.
Published: 01 March 2018
... for lost wages, and rehabilitation services to longshoremen, harbor workers, and other maritime workers such as pier, wharf, dock, or terminal workers who are injured during employment or suffer diseases caused or worsened by employment conditions. The LHWCA and the AMA Guides to the Evaluation...
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Guides Newsletter (2018) 23 (1): 10–13.
Published: 01 January 2018
...James B. Talmage, MD; Jay Blaisdell Injuries that affect the central nervous system (CNS) can be catastrophic because they involve the brain or spinal cord, and determining the underlying clinical cause of impairment is essential in using the AMA Guides to the Evaluation of Permanent Impairment...
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Guides Newsletter (2017) 22 (4): 6–11, 16.
Published: 01 July 2017
...Steven Feinberg, MD; Kenneth Kingdon, JD; Robert Rassp, JD Over the past thirteen years, physicians have experienced a learning curve regarding how to use the AMA Guides to the Evaluation of Permanent Impairment ( AMA Guides ) with a “California flavor.” Physicians are mandated by law to provide...
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Guides Newsletter (2017) 22 (2): 3–5.
Published: 01 March 2017
...James B. Talmage, MD; Jay Blaisdell, CEDIR VI Physicians use a variety of methodologies within the AMA Guides to the Evaluation of Permanent Impairment ( AMA Guides ), Sixth Edition, to rate nerve injuries depending on the type of injury and location of the nerve. Traumatic injuries that cause...
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Guides Newsletter (2017) 22 (2): 15–16.
Published: 01 March 2017
...Christopher R. Brigham, MD, MMS; Kathryn Mueller, MD, MPH; Steven Demeter, MD, MPH; Randolph Soo Hoo, MD, MPH © 2017 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved. 2017 American Medical Association QUESTION: Using the AMA Guides , Third Edition, Revised, I am rating a lower...
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Guides Newsletter (2017) 22 (1): 3–10.
Published: 01 January 2017
... the AMA Guides to the Evaluation of Permanent Impairment ( AMA Guides ), Sixth Edition. As a teaching example, this article presents an erroneous rating for a claim of cognitive impairment. The authors point out that most of the misdirection in the case example could be identified with reference...
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Guides Newsletter (2016) 21 (4): 3–8.
Published: 01 July 2016
... outcome of medical conditions and how these differences can be appropriately addressed using the AMA Guides to the Evaluation of Permanent Impairment ( AMA Guides ), Sixth Edition. Sex differences are objective and are based on biochemical and biological factors; gender refers to cultural attitudes...
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Guides Newsletter (2016) 21 (4): 15–16.
Published: 01 July 2016
... and medical communities recognize the AMA Guides as the book, now in its Sixth edition, which establishes rules and percentage ratings attendant to an injured worker's permanent impairment. However, the American Medical Association (AMA) actually has other books in its AMA Guides series. In 2016, the AMA...