MEA’s physicians are fair, reasonable, responsive and thorough. Appointments are streamlined to ensure efficiency and help facilitate the resolution of the claim. Prior to the patient appointments our Case Management Team coordinates all aspects of the claim, including patient history, joint cover letters, exhibits and will request any additional documents, medical reports and records not present. Our physicians work closely with the patient and perform comprehensive examinations and evaluations, encompassing all objective documentation, testing, and other medical reports provided.
All reports are detailed, in-depth, complete and are provided to all affiliated parties in a timely manner.

Qualified Medical Evaluator (QME)
 
A qualified medical evaluator (QME) is a physician who evaluates you when there are questions about what benefits you should receive. A physician must meet educational and licensing requirements to qualify as a QME. They must also pass a state mandated test and participate in ongoing education on the workers' compensation evaluation process. If you have an attorney, you and your claims administrator might agree on a doctor to resolve medical disputes. This doctor is called an agreed medical evaluator (AME). An AME or a panel QME will be used to resolve medical disputes in your workers' compensation case.
 
Agreed Medical Evaluator (AME)
 
An AME can only be used if you are represented by an attorney. If you have an attorney, your attorney and the claims administrator may agree on a doctor without going through the state system used to pick a QME. The doctor, your attorney and the claims administrator agree on what is called an agreed medical evaluator (AME). A QME is picked from a list of state-certified doctors issued by the DWC Medical Unit. QME lists are generated randomly. Once you see an AME you are not entitled to see a QME. An AME may be used regardless of the year of injury. An AME physician may be a QME, but does not have to be one.
 
Independent Medical Examination (IME)
 
Occurs when a doctor/physical therapist/chiropractor who has not previously been involved in a person’s care examines an individual. There is no doctor/therapist-patient relationship. IMEs may be conducted to determine the cause, extent and medical treatment of a work-related or other injury where liability is at issue; whether an individual has reached maximum benefit from treatment; and whether any permanent impairment remains after treatment. An IME may be conducted at the behest of an employer or an insurance carrier to obtain an independent opinion of the clinical status of the individual. Workers' compensation insurance carriers, auto insurance carriers, and self-insured employers have a legal right to this request. Should the doctor/therapist performing the IME conclude that a patient’s medical condition is not related to a compensatable event, the insurer may deny the claim and refuse payment