What is QME? Why is it something you should get involved in now?
Updated: Sep 29, 2019
If you're reading this article, you must be interested in becoming a QME and I'm here to answer your most basic questions and help you get started.
A QME is a Qualified Medical Evaluator. A QME is a physician who evaluates you where there are questions about what benefits you should received.
A physician must meet educational and licensing requirements to qualify as a QME. They must also pass a test and participate in ongoing education on the workers' compensation evaluation process.
A panel QME is picked from a list of state-certified Doctors issued by the DWC Medical Unit. A panel QME is a randomly generated list of three QME physicians issued to you when there is a question about whether or not your injury is work related, or if there is a medical dispute that hasn't been resolved by the treating physician's report. Whoever fills out the form to request the panel QME chooses the specialty of the doctors on the panel.
QME’s examine injured workers evaluate disability and write medical-legal reports. The reports are used to determine an injured worker's eligibility for workers' compensation benefits. QME’s include medical doctors, doctors of osteopathy, doctors of chiropractic, dentists, optometrists, podiatrists, psychologists and acupuncturists.
The QME process is designed to prevent the insurance company from sending patients to a doctor with whom it has a special relationship. To the extent that the QME process is done at random, there may be less favoritism for insurance carriers. After suffering a work accident injury, the worker may face exorbitant medical expenses, lose the ability to work for a significant period of time, and encounter much distress trying to deal with the financial fallout. The QME plays a critical role in evaluating what benefits should be received.
How to Become a QME:
1. Pass the Exam
Pass the QME Competency Exam offered by the Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC).
This exam is given twice per year (April and October).
2. Complete a 12-hour Writing Course
Complete a 12-hour QME report writing course from an approved DWC education provider.
3. Finalize the Application
Finalize the application for QME appointment.
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