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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 (2017) 22 (4): 6–11, 16.
Published: 01 July 2017
... California approaches do not necessarily lead to more accurate ratings and rather thwart the intent of the AMA Guides to provide a consistent and reliable methodology for assessing impairment. The approaches taken in California are unique to that state and should not be applied in any other jurisdiction...
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Guides Newsletter (2017) 22 (1): 3–10.
Published: 01 January 2017
... AMA Guides, Sixth Edition, which reveals discrepancies between the rating processes in this case and actual sixth edition methodology. Nevertheless, the case example involved certain components that were so unconventional that it would have been impossible for the sixth edition contributors to...
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Guides Newsletter (2020) 25 (6): 7–9.
Published: 01 November 2020
... and disability, how impairment rating is but one of several determinants of disability, but one that is most amenable to physician assessment, and the overall improvements in the AMA Guides , Sixth Edition, especially in incorporating loss of function into its rating methodology. Created in...
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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
... medicolegal evaluations (FFS is defined as functional field score). Even in cases without a previously diagnosed retinal, optic nerve, or brain pathology, Goldmann kinetic perimetry is described as the test of choice in the fifth edition of the AMA Guides. Alternative methodologies utilizing static...
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Guides Newsletter (2020) 25 (3): 12–19.
Published: 01 May 2020
... Section 306(a.3) required the AMA to “hold hearings, accept public comments, or explain the grounds for its methodology in a reasoned opinion, which then could be subject to judicial review” nor were the “physicians who author the Guides …public employees who may be subject to discipline or removal...
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Guides Newsletter (2020) 25 (2): 3–8.
Published: 01 March 2020
... injury claims and also is referenced in Southern Africa, Europe, and countries in the Middle East. TABLE 1 Use of the AMA Guides in Australia AUSTRALIAN JURISDICTIONS COMPENSATION ARENA AMA GUIDES EDITION EXPLANATION AND ADDITIONAL METHODOLOGY USED New South Wales WC 5 Used with...
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Guides Newsletter (2019) 24 (5): 3–7, 16.
Published: 01 September 2019
... Commission on State Workmen's Compensation Laws in 1972 called for more consistent application of guidelines on impairment, such as the first edition of the AMA Guides that had just been released at the time. Asking medical evaluators of impaired individuals to use standardized nomenclature and methodology...
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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 (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 (1): 10–13.
Published: 01 January 2018
.... March–April 2008. Barth RJ. Rating cognitive impairment, part 1: case example illustrates need for adherence to AMA Guides, Sixth Edition, methodology. Guides Newsletter. January–February 2017. Barth RJ. Rating cognitive impairment, part 2: objective and evidence-based integration of neuropsychology...
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Guides Newsletter (2019) 24 (3): 10–13.
Published: 01 May 2019
... integrity (AOMSI). The diagnosis-related estimate (DRE) method is the principal methodology used to evaluate spinal AOMSI impairment in the Fourth and Fifth Editions of the AMA Guides to the Evaluation of Permanent Impairment (AMA Guides) . AOMSI, as defined in the Fourth and Fifth Editions of the AMA...
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Guides Newsletter (2021) 26 (1): 7–8.
Published: 01 January 2021
..., successive editions of the AMA Guides have increasingly attempted to incorporate function or activities of daily living (ie, ability/disability) into the final impairment rating. In the sixth edition, new methodology applied terminology and adopted an analytical framework based on the World Health...
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Guides Newsletter (2019) 24 (6): 12–15.
Published: 01 November 2019
... distinct methodology in the AMA Guides to the Evaluation of Permanent Impairment ( AMA Guides ), Sixth Edition. Rating entrapment neuropathies is similar to the DBI method because the evaluator uses three grade modifiers (ie, test findings, functional history, and physical evaluation findings), but the way...
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Guides Newsletter (2016) 21 (4): 3–8.
Published: 01 July 2016
... physician can choose different sections within the AMA Guides to include unique impairments, identify the best rating value within a rating range, and/or use appropriate normal values to account for individual and sex differences. This methodology enables sufficient flexibility to prevent bias and account...
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Guides Newsletter (2011) 16 (1): 12–13.
Published: 01 January 2011
... rating methodology using the AMA Guides to the Evaluation of Permanent Impairment ( AMA Guides ), Sixth Edition section on The Upper Extremities. A 58-year-old male automotive mechanic fell at work on an oil-slickened floor and landed directly on his left outstretched hand and wrist, as well as the...
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Guides Newsletter (2020) 25 (5): 3–11.
Published: 01 September 2020
...: case example illustrates need for adherence to AMA Guides, Sixth Edition, methodology. AMA Guides Newsletter. Jan/Feb 2017 : 3 - 10 . In summary, the combined impairment rating of 98% WPI is the same using the fifth and the sixth editions of the AMA Guides. Similar approaches were used in...
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Guides Newsletter (2020) 25 (4): 3–7.
Published: 01 July 2020
... case can be administratively closed. The AMA Guides to the Evaluation of Permanent Impairment (AMA Guides) is used by many jurisdictions, but the AMA Guides does not mention COVID-19 or have guidance on how to assess individuals for impairment after recovery from this illness. This article provides...
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Guides Newsletter (2015) 20 (3): 3–5.
Published: 01 May 2015
...James B. Talmage, MD; Jay Blaisdell In the AMA Guides to the Evaluation of Permanent Impairment ( AMA Guides ), Sixth Edition, range of motion (ROM) is used to calculate the physical examination modifier when the diagnosis-based impairment (DBI) method is used, ie, Table 15-8, Physical Examination...