Independent Medical Exams (IME’s) – “Listen, there’s a lot of hanky-panky that goes on”

On April 1, 2009, the New York Times ran an article about”hanky panky” with”Independent” Medical Exams (IME’s) in the world of Workers’ Compensation.

The bottom line is that the word”independent” is a misnomer. It turns out doctors sometimes don’t even examine patients and are yet still miraculously able to write comprehensive reports. But wait, it also turns out that the doctors sometimes don’t even write the reports…the consultants and insurance companies write them.

No big surprise to us. We think the very same thing happens in Long Term Disability insurance claims, which we handle every single day.

Read the article..and if you’re a claimant…weep.

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