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Guides Newsletter (2017) 22 (1): 3–10.
Published: 01 January 2017
... to the 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...
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Guides Newsletter (2022) 27 (2): 8–11.
Published: 01 March 2022
... include using the diagnosis-based approach for more than one diagnosis within a region, and incorrectly assessing gait abnormalities, motion loss, nerve injuries, and complex regional pain syndrome. Rigorous adherence to the AMA Guides methodology and recognition of common IR errors can prevent...
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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 (2019) 24 (3): 10–13.
Published: 01 May 2019
...-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 Guides , results in at least a DRE...
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Guides Newsletter (2017) 22 (2): 5.
Published: 01 March 2017
... testing, is consistent with the severity of the claimed cause. Such scientific linkage of an objective measurement of impairment severity and the severity of the cause is quite rare. The research related to this method did not consider methodology for impairment rating presented in the AMA Guides...
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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 (2016) 21 (6): 3–4.
Published: 01 November 2016
... currently available regarding causation of the condition(s) in question, ie, generic causation; the facts of the individual case, ie, specific causation; and the legal threshold in the applicable jurisdiction for acceptance of a condition as work related. The AMA Guides to the Evaluation of Disease...
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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 1948, the WHO...
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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...
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Guides Newsletter (2019) 24 (6): 12–15.
Published: 01 November 2019
... and 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 (2009) 14 (4): 1–6.
Published: 01 July 2009
..., methodology. This approach should be used only when a jurisdiction requires ratings for extremities and precludes rating for the spine. A table in this article compares sensory and motor deficits according to the AMA Guides, Sixth and Fifth Editions; evaluators should be aware of changes between editions...
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Guides Newsletter (2011) 16 (5): 1–4.
Published: 01 September 2011
... difficulties into a single organ system rating. Also in the AMA Guides, Sixth Edition, separate tables are used to rate hemorrhagic conditions caused by platelet disorders, hemophilia, and clotting disorders. Further, major changes were required because of global methodological changes in this edition...
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Guides Newsletter (2018) 23 (3): 5–6.
Published: 01 May 2018
... component of the physical examination for determining general anatomic regions of symptoms and in establishing rapport with the examinee. In the AMA Guides to the Evaluation of Permanent Impairment ( AMA Guides ), Fifth Edition, the diagnosis-related estimate (DRE) or injury method lists both muscle spasm...
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Guides Newsletter (2018) 23 (4): 11–13, 16.
Published: 01 July 2018
... of somatization, disorders that arise from it, and factors that contribute to somatization. Somatization is an individual's unconscious use of the body or bodily symptoms for psychological purposes or psychological gain. As the AMA Guides to the Evaluation of Permanent Impairment ( AMA Guides ), Sixth Edition...
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Guides Newsletter (2017) 22 (4): 12–13.
Published: 01 July 2017
... claims. In 2017, the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania handed down the Protz decision, which held that requiring physicians to apply the methodology set forth in the most recent edition of the AMA Guides reflected an unconstitutional delegation of legislative power to the American Medical Association...
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Guides Newsletter (2009) 14 (1): 1–5.
Published: 01 January 2009
...Craig Uejo, MD, MPH; Marjorie Eskay-Auerbach, MD, JD; Christopher R. Brigham, MD Evaluators who use the AMA Guides to the Evaluation of Permanent Impairment ( AMA Guides ), Sixth Edition, should understand the significant changes that have occurred (as well as the Clarifications and Corrections...
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Guides Newsletter (2013) 18 (3): 3–6.
Published: 01 May 2013
.... The justification for rating the risk of future events should be clarified in the report, which should cite the method reported in the present article because the AMA Guides, Sixth Edition, does not provide a methodology for rating this disease process. Table 4-3 Criteria for Rating Permanent Impairment Due...
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Guides Newsletter (2013) 18 (4): 6–7.
Published: 01 July 2013
... ratings commonly occur when two or more impairing conditions are present in a single organ system and even more often if multiple organ systems are involved. Because of methodological changes, ratings using the AMA Guides, Sixth Edition, are less susceptible to double-dipping than those from earlier...
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Guides Newsletter (2010) 15 (6): 5–7.
Published: 01 November 2010
...Christopher R. Brigham, MD; Aimee McEntire; Craig Uejo, MD, MPH The Florida workers’ compensation system uses the 1996 Florida Uniform Permanent Impairment Rating Schedule (FUPIRS), that was based in part on the AMA Guides to the Evaluation of Permanent Impairment ( AMA Guides ), Third Revised...
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Guides Newsletter (2011) 16 (1): 7–11.
Published: 01 January 2011
... for this patient were determined utilizing the AMA Guides, 5th Edition pages 404-408, Tables 15-7, 15-8, and 15-9. I calculated the patient's lumbar spine impairment utilizing the ROM methodology. When using the ROM method, the range of motion deficits need to be combined, not added, with the specific spine...