Unbiased

 

 

 

Washington Association of Independent Medical Examiners is the premier association of impartial, ethical, and unbiased, evidence-based medical experts in Washington State, and the Northwest.

Impartial

 

 

 

Washington Association of Independent Medical Examiners is the premier association of impartial, ethical, and unbiased, evidence-based medical experts in Washington State, and the Northwest.

Ethical

 

 

 

Washington Association of Independent Medical Examiners is the premier association of impartial, ethical, and unbiased, evidence-based medical experts in Washington State, and the Northwest.

Meetings

February 1, 2018: No meeting.

Future meetings: March 8, April 5, and May 2, September 6, October 4, November 1, December 6, 2018.

If you are coming for dinner, please RSVP.  All meetings are held at the Bellevue City Hall.

About Us

We believe that a fair and unbiased independent medical examination transcends the adversarial process and serves to:

  • Assess the cause and extent of injury and expedite the provision of adequate treatment
  • Facilitate the coordination of multi-disciplinary rehabilitative treatment
  • Provide direction for appropriate case management
  • Accurately and impartially assess the extent of permanent partial impairment
  • Reduce the period of disability
  • Reduce the costs of litigation

Each member of the Washington Association of Independent Medical Examiners is expected to adhere to the following ethical guidelines.  Doctors should:

  • Be honest, impartial, professional, and ethical in all matters;
  • At the evaluation:
    • Introduce him/herself, and advise the examinee verbally and/or in writing of the nature of an IME, the name of the party requesting the evaluation, that information obtained generally will be reported to them, and that no physician-patient relationship will be established;
    • Treat the examinee with courtesy and dignity;
    • Allow a family member or friend to attend non-psychiatric portions of the IME if requested, provided the other person does not interfere;
    • Provide adequate privacy (gown and/or drape), and a chaperone if requested, if the examinee must disrobe for the physical examination;
    • At the end of the evaluation ask if there is further information the examinee would like to add;
  • Obtain and review all known and available data of relevance, otherwise decline to render, or qualify, opinions based on limited information;
  • Reach diagnoses and conclusions consistent with the evidence presented, the generally accepted medical literature, and where applicable, the AMA Guides to the Evaluation of Permanent Impairment or state/federal law and rules;
  • Not express opinions which they, by virtue of education, training, and experience, are not qualified to render;
  • Give due consideration to, and address conflicting diagnoses and conclusions in a professional and constructive manner;
  • Never accept a referral dependent upon writing a report favorable to the requesting party, or a fee contingent upon the outcome of a case;
  • Limit disclosure of information provided and obtained to those with a legal right to know;
  • Receive continuing education sufficient to maintain licensure within their respective profession and permit performance of competent independent medical examination.