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Guides Newsletter (2020) 25 (3): 12–19.
Published: 01 May 2020
... ( AMA Guides ) is used. This discussion also raises interesting legal questions related to retroactivity, applicability of prior precedent, and delegation. On June 20, 2017, the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania handed down its decision, Protz v. WCAB (Derry Area Sch. Dist.), which disallows use...
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Guides Newsletter (2019) 24 (3): 3–9.
Published: 01 May 2019
...Garson Caruso, MD, MPH; Les Kertay, PhD The first part of this two-part series discusses psychological influences in delayed and failed recovery and resulting unnecessary work disability; the second part discusses theoretical and practical aspects of the issue, including evaluation and treatment...
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Guides Newsletter (2021) 26 (4): 3–7.
Published: 01 July 2021
...Fabien Gagnon, MD, PsyD; Les Kertay, PhD Claims of occupational psychiatric disability have increased considerably over the past 20 years. To avoid psychiatric disability overdiagnosis, it is important to improve the clinical assessment of mental health work disability. This article discusses...
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Guides Newsletter (2021) 26 (3): 3–7.
Published: 01 May 2021
... tests (cognitive screeners) as a relatively quick, practical tool to initially assess patients and aid in decision making. Several cognitive screeners will be discussed in detail below. A patient's performance on such tests may indicate that more comprehensive testing is needed. Cognitive screeners have...
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Guides Newsletter (2019) 24 (1): 3–14.
Published: 01 January 2019
... of disturbances of the nervous system, divided for discussion here into four parts—the central nervous system (CNS), the peripheral nervous system, vision, and hearing—and offers guidance in using the AMA Guides, Fifth and Sixth Editions, in a variety of specific disorders within each group. For example, the CNS...
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Guides Newsletter (2020) 25 (6): 10–12.
Published: 01 November 2020
... on this knowledge, the physician will then apply the processes and criteria provided in specific chapters. All impairment rating reports should be divided into three main sections: clinical evaluation, analysis of the findings, and discussion. To obtain the highest level of competency, the rating physician should...
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Guides Newsletter (2020) 25 (6): 13.
Published: 01 November 2020
...James B. Talmage, MD This is a brief introduction to maximum medical improvement (MMI), which is pertinent to permanent impairment assessment. The definition and explanation of MMI according to the AMA Guides to the Evaluation of Permanent Impairment (AMA Guides) , Sixth Edition, is discussed. ©...
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Guides Newsletter (2020) 25 (5): 3–11.
Published: 01 September 2020
... of these data to the processes and criteria provided in the AMA Guides to the Evaluation of Permanent Impairment (AMA Guides) . The approaches discussed in the fifth and sixth editions of the AMA Guides are similar. © 2020 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved. 2020 American Medical Association...
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Guides Newsletter (2020) 25 (2): 9.
Published: 01 March 2020
... include other practitioners, eg, psychologists and chiropractors. Depending on the referral request, the IME typically discusses disability (the definition depends on the local jurisdiction) based on deficits in the person's activities of daily living. In the IME, the evaluator may be asked to consider...
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Guides Newsletter (2019) 24 (6): 3–11.
Published: 01 November 2019
...—or the lack thereof—between pathology and aging, as well as degenerative changes and symptoms, to facilitate causation analysis. For a fuller discussion of causation analysis for the spine, readers can consult the AMA Guides to the Evaluation of Disease and Injury Causation, Second Edition . © 2019 American...
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Guides Newsletter (2019) 24 (5): 3–7, 16.
Published: 01 September 2019
.... An evaluator's impairment evaluation report should clearly document the rater's review of prior medical and treatment records, clinical evaluation, analysis of the findings, and a discussion of how the final impairment rating was calculated. The resulting report is the rating physician's expert testimony to help...
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Guides Newsletter (2019) 24 (3): 14–16.
Published: 01 May 2019
... the mean (average) of these three measurements. The article also discusses adjustments for functional history when the ROM method does not adequately capture the full impairment. © 2019 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved. 2019 American Medical Association Range of motion (ROM...
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Guides Newsletter (2019) 24 (2): 12–14.
Published: 01 March 2019
...Jay Blaisdell; James B. Talmage, MD Facial disfigurements, including those caused by burns (thermal, chemical, or electrical) or trauma, are rated in the AMA Guides to the Evaluation of Permanent Impairment ( AMA Guides ), Sixth Edition, Chapter 11, which also discusses occupational overexposure...
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Guides Newsletter (2016) 21 (3): 8–9.
Published: 01 May 2016
... sexual dysfunction. In both editions, sexual dysfunction is discussed in Chapter 7, The Urinary and Reproductive Systems, and Chapter 13, The Central and Peripheral Nervous System. In the fifth edition, the maximum impairment rating for female sexual functioning is 35% whole person impairment...
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Guides Newsletter (2015) 20 (1): 9–11.
Published: 01 January 2015
..., and the Sixth Edition states, “sensory deficits can be challenging to grade, since the clinical examination is based on subjective reports by the patient. Grading is based on the results of sensibility testing and two-point discrimination, to improve inter-rater reliability.” The discussion of “sensibility...
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Guides Newsletter (2018) 23 (2): 9–12.
Published: 01 March 2018
... entrapment at the elbow (cubital tunnel syndrome). The AMA Guides, Sixth Edition, does not include a listing for quadrilateral space syndrome, and the author discusses the challenges of teasing out functional limitations when multiple diagnoses are present within the same limb. Evaluators should note...
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Guides Newsletter (2016) 21 (2): 9–10.
Published: 01 March 2016
... ratable sexual dysfunction. The fifth edition specified that the absence of sexual functioning results in a maximum rating of 20% whole person impairment (WPI); in the sixth edition, the maximum is 15%. In the AMA Guides, Fifth and Sixth Editions, sexual dysfunction is discussed in Chapter 7, The Urinary...
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Guides Newsletter (2016) 21 (1): 3–10.
Published: 01 January 2016
..., assessing, and treating chronic pain disorders and acknowledges a complex and dynamic interaction among biological, psychological, and social factors. The AMA Guides to the Evaluation of Permanent Impairment ( AMA Guides ), Sixth Edition, discusses the assessment of pain and eligibility requirements...
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Guides Newsletter (2015) 20 (5): 3–11.
Published: 01 September 2015
... to be determined is apportioning the cause of the injury and not the impairment rating, then different criteria are used and the AMA Guides to the Evaluation of Disease and Injury Causation, Second Edition, is an invaluable resource. Extensive sidebars discuss qualitative vs qualitative apportionment and steps...
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Guides Newsletter (2007) 12 (1): 4–5.
Published: 01 January 2007
... that are discussed following the case presentation: The examinee is a retail clerk at a liquor store who complained of progressive right hand pain and numbness in 2004; the examination took place in 2006, and the examiner reports an extensive list of relevant reports reviewed. Because the patient declines a carpal...