Managing Psychiatric, Psychological Disability And Workers Compensation Claims

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This following course describes the nation's only accredited online training program for professionals managing claims with psychological/psychiatric Independent Medical Examinations. This program has been approved for three continuing education credits by the Commission for Case Manager Certification. This program is offered at no charge. PsyBar LLC developed these training materials to offer disability and workers compensation insurance professionals a common core of knowledge about psychological and psychiatric Independent Medical Evaluations (IMEs). It is necessary to know the concepts described in this material in order to manage psychological/psychiatric claims effectively.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
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  • 2. 
    Which is the most appropriate statement for a doctor to include in a psychological/psychiatricIME report?
    • A. 

      The claimant is not disabled

    • B. 

      The claimant is disabled

    • C. 

      The claimant has significant limitations in daily functioning

    • D. 

      The claimant should not be considered disabled, because he shows no limitations in work, home, or social functioning

  • 3. 
    The concepts of functionality and functional capability include: 
    • A. 

      The ability to carry out the usual tasks of one's life

    • B. 

      Whether the employee wants job training

    • C. 

      Whether there is a job available in a community

    • D. 

      An employee's confidence in him/herself

    • E. 

      None of the above

  • 4. 
    The concepts of functionality and functional capability include:
    • A. 

      The claimant's anxiety when riding the bus

    • B. 

      The claimant's confidence in her ability to ride a bus

    • C. 

      The ability to ride a bus

    • D. 

      The availability of buses in the claimant's neighborhood

    • E. 

      A through C

  • 5. 
    Which of the following is true?
    • A. 

      The Independent Examiner should be able to interpret the claimant's disability contract language

    • B. 

      Claimants rarely have specific language in their disability contracts pertaining to psychological and psychiatric disability

    • C. 

      The Independent Examiner should never be asked to interpret the claimant's disability contract language

    • D. 

      None of the above

  • 6. 
    Memory skills and intelligence: 
    • A. 

      Are about as strong as each other in average (non-impaired) claimants

    • B. 

      Often are much different than each other in average (non-impaired) claimants

    • C. 

      Often decline a lot after a mild brain injury

    • D. 

      Are the only things that neuropsychologists consider when evaluating brain damage

  • 7. 
    After a mild brain injury it is common to see:
    • A. 

      Intelligence decline

    • B. 

      Memory decline

    • C. 

      Intelligence remain at about the same

    • D. 

      Concentration improve

    • E. 

      B and C

  • 8. 
    After a moderate to severe brain injury, it is common to see:
    • A. 

      A decline only in the ability to concentrate

    • B. 

      A decline in memory, concentration, and many other skills

    • C. 

      A severe decline in intelligence

    • D. 

      A decline only in memory skills

  • 9. 
    Which of the following are false?
    • A. 

      Objective psychological testing does not improve Independent Examiners' accuracy in evaluating claimants, if Independent Examiners rely on interview data and knowledge accumulated over many years

    • B. 

      There is overwhelming scientific evidence that mental health professionals are able to more accurately evaluate claimants if they rely, in part, on objective test results

    • C. 

      Doctors' subjective evaluations of the severity of mental illness are frequently incorrect

    • D. 

      The proper use of a broad range of assessment measures can improve experts’ ability to determine functionality

  • 10. 
    Which of the following is/are helpful in preparing to refer for a psychological/psychiatric IME?
    • A. 

      Record all major consistencies and inconsistencies in all documentation and telephonic correspondence regarding the claim

    • B. 

      Identify what prevents you from having a clear picture of the claimant’s ability to function in the work environment

    • C. 

      If there is question about the validity of a claim conduct telephone or other interviews with the claimant, the employer, the treating provider(s), and relevant collateral contacts

    • D. 

      All of the above

  • 11. 
    IME Facilitators help by:
    • A. 

      Preventing accusations of undue influence and conflicts of interest

    • B. 

      Evaluating Independent Examiner’s expertise

    • C. 

      Helping determine appropriate methods of assessment

    • D. 

      Promoting objective psychological assessment

    • E. 

      All of the above

  • 12. 
    Insurance professionals usually do not request neuropsychological evaluations:
    • A. 

      To evaluate problems such as traumatic brain injury, stroke, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, Lyme disease, dementia, and severe depression or anxiety

    • B. 

      When subtle problems with brain functioning cannot be identified with brain scans, or by physical examination

    • C. 

      When claimants do not report problems thinking

    • D. 

      To assist getting claimants back to work

    • E. 

      To measure improvement over time

  • 13. 
    Psychologists and psychiatrists view claimant limitations in functioning as a result of:
    • A. 

      Psychological problems

    • B. 

      Social problems

    • C. 

      Physical problems

    • D. 

      The interaction between psychological, physical and social factors

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