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Guides Newsletter (2019) 24 (1): 15–16.
Published: 01 January 2019
... hearing loss caused by aging (presbycusis). However, three points need to be made regarding impairment ratings using the AMA Guides . First, the AMA Guides measures impairment irrespective of causation. The issue of causation is up to the examiner to determine. Second, regarding your concern of the...
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Calculation of the <b>Impairment</b> <b>Rating</b> for the Visual System    Note that the...
Published: 01 January 2021
TABLE 1. Calculation of the Impairment Rating for the Visual System Note that the prefix visual is used when the score refers to each eye. The prefix functional refers to the estimated performance of the individual. The term vision score combines visual acuity and visual field estimates More
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Guides Newsletter (2018) 23 (5): 11–15.
Published: 01 September 2018
...J. Mark Melhorn, MD A request for an impairment rating using both the fourth and sixth editions of the AMA Guides to the Evaluation of Permanent Impairment ( AMA Guides ) demonstrated two interesting facts: In the sixth edition, Table 15-34, Shoulder Range of Motion has two typographical errors...
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Guides Newsletter (2017) 22 (4): 3–5.
Published: 01 July 2017
... interests of those who are injured or ill. The AMA Guides to the Evaluation of Permanent Impairment ( AMA Guides ), Fifth Edition, was introduced in California in 2005 to improve the reliability of permanent disability award ratings, which previously were based primarily on subjective factors. The result...
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Guides Newsletter (2019) 24 (6): 3–11.
Published: 01 November 2019
... present article addresses the musculoskeletal system and differs from the first three articles, which focused on apportionment of an impairment rating between aging and other causes. The medical literature supports the notion that age-related osteoarthritis (OA) changes in the hand and digits frequently...
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Guides Newsletter (2016) 21 (4): 6–7.
Published: 01 July 2016
... Accurate pulmonary impairment ratings depend on a valid and reliable lung function test and appropriate application of the criteria provided in the AMA Guides to the Evaluation of Permanent Impairment ( AMA Guides ), Sixth Edition. The two lung function tests are dynamic and static; the principal...
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Guides Newsletter (2016) 21 (4): 8–11.
Published: 01 July 2016
.... That information may facilitate the impairment rating process. Thus, the CP Ex test represents an ideal test for assessing functional capacity. It does not address all physiologic, anatomic, and functional issues. No single test can do that. Even so, it provides a very adequate way of addressing the...
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Guides Newsletter (2019) 24 (1): 3–14.
Published: 01 January 2019
..., the prevalence of orthostatic hypotension was 18% in subjects age 65 years or older, although only 2% were symptomatic (defined as dizziness withstanding).” 7 The AMA Guides , Fifth Edition, in its introduction to the “Criteria for Rating Impairments Caused by Station, Gait, and Movement...
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Guides Newsletter (2018) 23 (6): 9–13.
Published: 01 November 2018
... of the internal medicine sections. With respect to the digestive system, the normal aging process affects gastrointestinal impairment ratings as found in the AMA Guides, Fifth and Sixth Editions, for gastroesophageal reflux disease, peptic ulcer disease, pancreatitis, diverticulitis, irritable bowel...
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Guides Newsletter (2018) 23 (5): 3–10.
Published: 01 September 2018
..., impairment ratings for the following conditions commonly are affected by the aging process: coronary artery disease, valvular heart disease, arrhythmias/dysrhythmias, hypertension, and peripheral vascular disease. Impairment ratings in the fifth and sixth editions of the AMA Guides for the pulmonary system...
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Guides Newsletter (2014) 19 (6): 3–7.
Published: 01 November 2014
... ROM method would be used. In Table 15-7, Criteria for Rating Whole Person Impairment Percent Due to Specific Spine Disorders to Be Used as Part of the ROM Method (5th ed, 404), none of the 4 listed categories apply, and there would be no rating for this diagnosis. SIJ pain would not cause a neurologic...
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Guides Newsletter (2014) 19 (2): 6–7.
Published: 01 March 2014
...Luann Haley, JD The method for rating impairments for lumbar spine injuries has evolved over time and has changed with each edition of the AMA Guides to the Evaluation of Permanent Impairment ( AMA Guides ). The AMA Guides, Sixth Edition, uses a diagnosis-based impairment rating system as the...
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Guides Newsletter (2014) 19 (2): 3–6.
Published: 01 March 2014
... reported. Because there are no diagnostic objective findings on physical examination or clinical studies, these modifiers are excluded. With the diagnosis of “non-specific chronic, or chronic recurrent low back pain,” there will not be an impairment rating of 1% whole person impairment (WPI). In Table...
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Hearing <b>Impairment</b> <b>Rating</b> Sheet
Published: 01 March 2017
TABLE 1 Hearing Impairment Rating Sheet More
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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 and...
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Guides Newsletter (2016) 21 (1): 14.
Published: 01 January 2016
... hernia formation in laborers. Abdominal hernias with palpable defects or protrusions usually are corrected with surgery, and the outcome typically warrants an impairment of 0%. In the AMA Guides, Sixth Edition, Section 6.6, Hernias, and Table 6-10, Criteria for Rating Permanent Impairment Due to Hernias...
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Guides Newsletter (2010) 15 (3): 1–7.
Published: 01 May 2010
...Richard T. Katz, MD This article addresses some criticisms of the AMA Guides to the Evaluation of Permanent Impairment ( AMA Guides ) by comparing previously published outcome data from a group of complete spinal cord injury (SCI) persons with impairment ratings for a corresponding level of injury...
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Guides Newsletter (2015) 20 (5): 15–16.
Published: 01 September 2015
...James B. Talmage, MD; Jay Blaisdell, CEDIR In many workers’ compensation systems, shoulder injuries are among the most common reasons for filing a claim, and greater familiarity with the significant differences in rating processes between the AMA Guides to the Evaluation of Permanent Impairment...
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Guides Newsletter (2006) 11 (4): 10–11.
Published: 01 July 2006
...Craig Uejo, MD, MPH; Phil Walker A 2005 Benefits Review Board decision by the US Department of Labor, Peter J. Desjardins vs Bath Iron Works Corporation affirmed a decision and order (2004-LHC-1364) regarding the utility of impairment rating critique. The administrative law judge credited the...
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Guides Newsletter (2021) 26 (1): 7–8.
Published: 01 January 2021
..., but pain is subjective. The sixth edition of the AMA Guides provides a pain-related impairment (PRI) of up to 3% in rare situations. Otherwise, pain is considered to be reflected in the conventional impairment rating system. There are still many unanswered questions. Over time...