Independent Medical Evaluation (IME)

If there are work-related performance issues or an injury, IME’s may be conducted to determine the cause, extent and medical treatment recommended.  This evaluation may be conducted at the request of an employer or an insurance carrier to obtain an independent opinion of the clinical status of the individual.  An IME provides a thoroughly objective, impartial assessment of a client’s diagnoses, prognosis and recommendations for treatment and recovery.  An IME occurs when the physician and health care team have not previously been involved in a person’s care. There is no ongoing doctor/therapist-patient relationship.

Based on a comprehensive review of the individual’s history, an extensive interview process and an objective medical assessment, Health Upwardly Mobile provides a detailed, highly defensible report.

Independent Medical Evaluation (IME) Services

IME services at HUM include the following:

  • Nursing Assessment
  • Psychological Assessment + testing
  • Medical Assessment
  • Chain of custody drug screen
  • Report

Part 1 – Nursing Assessment

1. 5-hour appointment with a Registered Nurse

During this appointment, presenting issues and concerns will be addressed and individuals will complete a bio-psycho-social-spiritual questionnaire. The comprehensive questionnaire will address previous and current physical and/or mental health issues, family history, past and current work issues, substance use, prescription medications, chronic pain issues (if applicable)

Part 2 – Psychological Assessment

1-hour appointment with a Registered Psychologist + Psychological testing

During this appointment, the therapist will build on the information that was gathered in the first session, further addressing current issues and concerns, discuss significant relationships, mental health diagnoses (e.g., depression, anxiety) and chronic pain issues, if applicable.  This assessment is holistic and focuses on the individuals’ bio-psycho-social-spiritual health.

In addition to the assessment interview, individuals will complete psychological tests as part of their second appointment.  Each test will take approximately 30-50 minutes to complete and measure areas including: memory, mood and anxiety disorders, personality disorders, substance use, social support, self-harm, perception of self and relationships.  The specific tests that will be used will be determined when the IME is scheduled, based on the presenting issues. Results of the tests will be included in the IME report.

Part 3 – Medical Assessment

1-hour appointment with a Medical Doctor

Prior to this appointment, the medical doctor will review all workplace documentation as well as parts 1 and 2 of the assessment. During this appointment, current issues and concerns will be further explored and addressed.  Medications will be reviewed and diagnoses clarified.  An individualized treatment plan and recommendations will be outlined, tailored to the client’s specific needs in context with the workplace issues for maximizing the individual’s health potential.

To schedule an IME or find out more about the process, please contact us at 403-536-2480 or