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When is an IME (independent medical exam) needed?

Code of Alabama, 1975 §25-5-77(b) – An IME is an independent assessment of the claimant’s physical condition and/or bodily functions performed by a non-treating physician with written report of findings. Generally occurs prior to return-to-work status. May be requested by employer or employee. It does not equate to utilization review. It is not a second opinion in that it is not a confirmatory evaluation. It is not an impairment rating in that no impairment rating is given. The examination is done by someone other than the individuals’ family physician or a physician who is currently treating or has previously treated the claimant for the same complaint.