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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 (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 (2017) 22 (4): 6–11, 16.
Published: 01 July 2017
...,” which appears in this issue and discusses why many novel 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...
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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
... 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 automated visual field testing limited to the macular 30...
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Guides Newsletter (2020) 25 (3): 12–19.
Published: 01 May 2020
... further averred that nothing in 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...
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Guides Newsletter (2020) 25 (2): 3–8.
Published: 01 March 2020
... personal injury arose. Decades of AMA Guides use across the globe supports the notion that use of standardized scientific and reproducible methodology harmonizes financial compensation across jurisdictions, reduces needless litigation, and eases the adjudicative burden of organizations responsible...
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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 (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 (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
...: 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 testing. Guides Newsletter. March–April 2017. ...
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Guides Newsletter (2019) 24 (3): 10–13.
Published: 01 May 2019
... evaluation includes determination of the presence or absence of alteration of motion segment 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...
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Guides Newsletter (2016) 21 (4): 3–8.
Published: 01 July 2016
... and sex differences. This methodology enables sufficient flexibility to prevent bias and account for gender and sex differences. Given our current understanding of how sex differences affect disease presentation and outcome, can the AMA Guides reduce or eliminate gender and sex bias in...
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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 (2021) 26 (1): 7–8.
Published: 01 January 2021
... the patient? Should pain even be addressed by the AMA Guides? If so, should there be a single methodology or options that could be selected by each jurisdiction? The assessment of patients reporting chronic pain is often challenging and there are many unanswered questions, including if...
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Guides Newsletter (2021) 26 (3): 8–13.
Published: 01 May 2021
... (AMA Guides) methodology for CRPS. Three subtypes of CRPS are: CRPS I ( previous name: reflex sympathetic dystrophy) CRPS II ( previous name: causalgia): defined with electrodiagnostic or other definitive evidence of a major nerve lesion. CRPS-NOS (not otherwise specified): partially...
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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 (2021) 26 (4): 14.
Published: 01 July 2021
...°. When rating the resulting impairment using Table 17-35, Rating Knee Replacement Results (5th ed, 549) of the AMA Guides to the Evaluation of Permanent Impairment (AMA Guides), Fifth Edition, is it correct to make an alignment deduction of 30 points (3 points for each of the 10° of valgus...
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Guides Newsletter (2020) 25 (5): 3–11.
Published: 01 September 2020
... Methodology” in the AMA Guides Newsletter : [Step]11.b.i. If the class for the Extended Mental Status Exam line is lower than (further to the left of Table 13-8) than the class for the Description line (and the rating process did not use neuropsycho-logical assessment and testing), then the evaluator...