How to Find the Right IME in San Diego

How to Find the Right IME in San Diego

When selecting an Independent Medical Evaluation (IME) in San Diego, it is important to be very selective.  Although, there are 100’s of providers available to conduct IMEs, not all of them have the knowledge, experience and ability to deliver on your IME needs. Recently, I have spoken to several adjusters, attorneys, paralegals and other professionals in the San Diego area on how to best find the IME expert that will address their needs.  Just the…

Expanded Los Angeles IME Services Available

Expanded Los Angeles IME Services Available

  Over the past few months, we have expanded our IME capabilities in the greater Los Angeles area. As of August 2017, we now have more than 100 Physicians available at 27 locations in the greater Los Angeles area to perform Independent Medical Evaluations (IMEs) or Fitness for Duty Evaluations (FFDE). We have gathered feedback from claims adjusters, attorneys, risk managers and HR professionals and the top 2 decisions factors when it comes to selecting…

The Top 4 Signs of Plaintiff Malingering and How to Mitigate With an IME

The Top 4 Signs of Plaintiff Malingering and How to Mitigate With an IME

  Studies have shown that up to 50% of plaintiffs are either malingering or partially malingering. By definition, malingering is the falsification of medical symptoms for secondary gain, often money. Partial malingering is the exaggeration of real medical symptoms for secondary gain. Below are the top 4 signs of malingering that you should look out for on your next file! 1) Bo Derek Syndrome: Plaintiffs looking to maximize the value of their claim often exaggerate…

Ability to Handle Stress is Essential Function of Almost Every Job

Ability to Handle Stress is Essential Function of Almost Every Job

Business NECESSITY An employer may only require a fitness for duty evaluation if is job related and consistent with business necessity.  Business necessity may be shown by demonstrating that either: (1) the employee poses a direct threat to himself or others, or (2) the employee has a medical condition that affects his ability to perform the essential job functions of his position.  (Business necessity may not be shown where the employee’s medical condition only affects…

8 Questions Employers Should Ask Before Employee Fitness for Duty Evaluation

8 Questions Employers Should Ask Before Employee Fitness for Duty Evaluation

Employee fitness for duty evaluations are permitted under the ADA and California state law. Nevertheless, it’s important for employers to take the proper steps in scheduling a fitness for duty evaluation to ensure compliance with the laws. What medical specialty is required for the employee evaluation? Do you need a neurologist or a neurosurgeon? Psychologist or psychiatrist? Physiatrist or podiatrist? Retaining a doctor in the right specialty is critical to obtaining a useful fitness for duty…

Congratulations Dr. Steve Hwang!

California Medical Evaluations would like to congratulate one of our excellent doctors, Dr. Steve Hwang, on his amazing accomplishments: Long Beach Marathon (October 9, 2016) LA Rock”n”Roll Half Marathon (October 30, 2016) Revel Canyon City Marathon (November 12, 2016) Bronze medalist in 2016 IJF World Judo Championship (Ft. Lauderdale FL) Dr. Hwang – you are an inspiration to us all and we are happy to have you as part of our CME Family!

CME’s Ten Flagship Locations

CME’s Ten Flagship Locations

We are proud to announce the completion of our 10 flagship CME offices for 2016   INTRODUCING:  Baldwin Park Fontana Garden Grove Moreno Valley Oxnard Palmdale Sacramento San Bernardino Van Nuys South LA These locations were thoughtfully selected and we anticipate a large volume of QME cases in all these areas. Our flagship offices were built exclusively for CME physicians, staffed with a Medical Assistant, fully equipped for both medical and mental health evaluations, and are conveniently located with easy…

Employer May Require a Re-Evaluation Under the ADA after Employee’s Return from FMLA Leave

Employer May Require a Re-Evaluation Under the ADA after Employee’s Return from FMLA Leave

  Click here for PDF When an employee takes leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), the employee is entitled to reinstatement upon certification by the employee’s health care provider that the employee is fit to return to work.  An employer is not permitted to require a second opinion before reinstating the employee to work.  However, once the employee returns to employment, an employer may seek a ‘reevaluation’ under the Americans with Disabilities…

Kao v. University of San Francisco: Pre-Evaluation Investigation Procedure

Kao v. University of San Francisco: Pre-Evaluation Investigation Procedure

An employee medical or psychological evaluation must be job-related and consistent with business necessity under the ADA and FEHA. Employers may meet the business necessity requirement when it has a reasonable belief based on objective evidence that (1) an employee’s ability to perform essential job functions will be impaired by a medical condition; or (2) an employee will pose a direct threat due to a medical condition.   What exactly constitutes sufficient objective evidence depends on…

In the News: Northwestern University Professor Permitted to Return to Campus After Fitness for Duty

According to an article from The Daily Northwestern, the University has dropped a campus ban on a political science professor allowing her to come back and teach her class after undergoing a required psychological fitness for duty evaluation. At the end of July, the University put Ms. Jacqueline Stevens, a tenured professor, on immediate leave and prohibited her from contact with students pending her completion of a fitness for duty evaluation with a University-chosen psychiatrist. Their decision…