Disability Report Writing Course
Qualiﬁed Medical Evaluators (QMEs) are challenged to understand the complex data that comprises a thorough QME. This Disability Report Writing Course will teach evaluators to understand the med-legal issues of Apportionment, Causation, the rating of Disability, using the AMA Guides to the Evaluation of Permanent Impairment-5th Edition. Writing a ratable report that integrates the data is key, and an imperative part of the process.
Dr. Julie Armstrong has worked in the Workers’ Compensation area since 2001. A Licensed Psychologist and Clinical Nurse Specialist, she holds regular Case Consultation seminars to instruct QME doctors how to understand the issues raised in any given QME. She is an invited speaker on issues related to Psyche injuries to audiences that include Attorneys, Judges, Claims Evaluators and Doctors.
This course will teach the new QME to properly evaluate an Injured Worker and write an evidence based Medical-Legal (QME) report, and meets the LC §139.2 requirement that, “…a physician seeking an appointment as a QME after January 1, 2001 shall also complete, prior to appointment a 12-hour Disability Report Writing course approved by the DWC.”
Topics Covered in This Course:
- QME Role in the Disability Evaluation Process
- Required Elements of the Medical-Legal Report
- Mechanics of Report Writing
- DWC’s Disability Evaluation Protocols
- The Third-Party Perspective – Who is your audience?
- The Language of the Reports—Using the Correct Legal Terminology
- How to determine Causation, Disability and Apportionment
- Recent Court Decisions Affecting Injured Workers
- Common Errors in the QME Report
- Speciﬁc issues of interest to Psyche evaluators
Attendees will be required to write and submit a Medical-Legal report that meets the established criteria (80%).
The course is approved by the Administrative Director of the California Division of Workers’ Compensation for Qualiﬁed Medical Evaluator continuing professional education and meets the criteria in the Labor Code, Chapter 115, for the Disability Evaluation Report Writing course necessary prior to appointment as a QME. At the completion of this course 12 QME credits will be awarded to participants already certified as QME physicians.