Preparing for Your Independent Medical Examination

imeYou were directed to this site because you were recently scheduled with our office to have an independent medical examination.

An independent medical examination is a report from an unbiased third party doctor that has been requested by a case manager or attorney regarding a claim such as for worker’s compensation, an accident, etc.

Dr. Hoy’s job is to review and summarize the medical records presented to him, ask questions about the injury, how you are feeling now, and examine your foot and ankle.  The whole examination is scheduled for an hour or 1.5 hours, depending on the length of the records.

Dr. Hoy will receive your medical records prior to your arriving for the examination. After you arrive Dr. Hoy will personally come to speak to you to see if you have any questions about the independent medical examination process and obtain your verbal consent to start the records review.  The records review will not occur prior to that point.

In this first portion of your examination, Dr. Hoy has to summarize each page of your records into a recorder.  Depending on the length of the records, this process may be short or long.  For example, 253 pages of records recently took 1 hour, 45 minutes to complete.  Please patiently make yourself comfortable in the lobby as Dr. Hoy completes your review.  The independent medical examination company may have some paperwork for you to fill out as you wait.

After the records review is complete, you will be brought back to the examining room for the second portion, the interview and physical examination.

After the examination is completed, Dr. Hoy will then answer questions from the case manager or attorney and submit his report.

During the examination, Dr. Hoy will not discuss the answers to these questions with you or provide any treatment.  If there is anything that is too painful to perform, just let him know and we can skip that part of the examination.

By understanding what an independent medical examination is and our protocol, we hope to make the process more pleasant for you.  Thank you.