ICAC 2017 License Renewal Seminars in California & Hawaii

Industrial Injury (QME) Evaluation Training

This is a 44-hour Certification training to become a Qualified Medical Evaluator. See below for complete schedule and outline of course.

For details and pre-registration, call (800) 275-3515 or by email (icachome@msn.com) to register for this series.. Pre-registration is required for this seminar. "This is the 44 hour I.I.E. (QME) certification series to be eligible to sit for the State QME Examination."  Also Rx, "Basic Workers' Compensation Seminar (8 hours) $100.00  +  I.I.E. Credential. (Includes Syllabus). (36 hours) $600.00".  "I.I.E CD". IDE CD (or flash drive) Included with Syllabus  $795.00 = Total Registration fee  $1495.00. P.S. We will include 24 hours of licensing CEUs including the 6 hours mandated by the California State Board of Chiropractic Examiners. Next available dates are for Northern California:

NORTH CALIFORNIA:

August 10-11-12, 2017 (Thursday, Friday, Saturday)

Sonesta Silicon Valley (Hotel changed its name from Beverly Heritage to Sonesta Silicon Valley)
1820 Barber Lane
Milpitas, California 95035
(408) 943-9080

(Or you can take Module 1 in Northern California and Module 2 in Southern California, pre-paid).

  • 8:00 am - 12:00 pm, 1:00 - 6:00 pm Thursday - Basic W/C - James Musick, DC, QME
  • 8:00 am - 12:00 pm, 1:00 - 6:00 pm Friday - Physician's Guide to W/C (4th ed.) - James Musick, DC, QME
  • 8:00 am - 12:00 pm Saturday - Finish Physician's Guide - James Musick, DC, QME

August 17-18-19, 2017 (Thursday, Friday, Saturday)

Sonesta Silicon Valley (Hotel changed its name from Beverly Heritage to Sonesta Silicon Valley)
1820 Barber Lane
Milpitas, California 95035
(408) 943-9080

  • 8:00 am - 12:00 pm, 1:00 - 6:00 pm Thursday - Exam on Physician's Guide - James Musick, DC, QME
  • 8:00 am - 12:00 pm, 1:00 - 6:00 pm Friday - James Musick, DC, QME
  • 8:00 am - 12:00 pm, 1:00 - 6:00 pm Saturday - James Musick, DC, QME

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA:

August 24-25-26, 2017 (Thursday, Friday, Saturday)

Courtyard Irvine
John Wayne Airport/Orange County
2701 Main Street
Irvine, California 92614
(949) 757-1200

(Or you can take Module 1 in Northern California and Module 2 in Southern California, pre-paid).

  • 8:00 am - 12:00 pm, 1:00 - 6:00 pm Thursday - Basic W/C - James Musick, DC, QME
  • 8:00 am - 12:00 pm, 1:00 - 6:00 pm Friday - Physician's Guide to W/C (4th ed.) - James Musick, DC, QME
  • 8:00 am - 12:00 pm Saturday - Finish Physician's Guide - James Musick, DC, QME

September 7-8-9, 2017 (Thursday, Friday, Saturday)

Courtyard Irvine
John Wayne Airport/Orange County
2701 Main Street
Irvine, California 9261

  • 8:00 am - 12:00 pm, 1:00 - 6:00 pm Thursday - Exam on Physician's Guide - James Musick, DC, QME
  • 8:00 am - 12:00 pm, 1:00 - 6:00 pm Friday - James Musick, DC, QME
  • 8:00 am - 12:00 pm, 1:00 - 6:00 pm Saturday - James Musick, DC, QME 

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Industrial Injury Evaluator (I.I.E.) Credential as approved by DWC, Medical Unit, State of California.

Schedule and Outline

Module One (First Weekend – Thursday, Friday and Saturday)

Thursday (8:00am to 12:00 noon and 1:00 to 6:00pm)

Basic Workers’ Compensation (8 hours)

Overview: to include, hours and credits received from course, DWC recommended resources, history of major reforms, Labor codes and DWC regulations.

Reporting obligations: to include workers’ compensation terminology, introduction to rating disability in California, AMA Guides introduction to spinal examinations and impairment; introduction to apportionment under L.C. §4663 and §4664, and introduction to rules of combining impairment to multiple body parts (AMA Guides and California Permanent Disability Rating Schedule).

Reporting Duties:  In depth discussion of Doctor’s First Report (DFR), PTP Progress Reports (PR-2), Permanent and Stationery Reports (PR-3 and PR-4) and introduction to AME and QME narrative reports.

Also, included in the Basic Work Comp series is a discussion on a California Workers’ Compensation Institute (CWCI) Study, WCAB court decisions, recourses for grievances, getting started in California workers’ compensation and opportunity for Q&A throughout the presentation.   

Prerequisites: First professional degree or college student in upper level division, leading toward a first professional degree.

Required Text:  none, syllabus will be provided

Examinations: none

Credentials:  none, receipt for hours for license renewal and certificate of attendance will be provided. 

Friday (8:00am to 12:00 noon and 1:00 to 6:00pm)

Industrial Injury Evaluator (I.I.E.) Certification (36 hours)

Introduction and review: of QME examination kit, and syllabus outline.  In depth discussion of terms and definitions as presented in the glossary of the Physician’s Guide (Physician’s Guide) to Medical Practice in the California Workers’ Compensation System (4th ed.). 

Review of the Physician’s Guide (by Chapter): including the work comp system, organization and participation; compensation and benefits to injured workers; physician’s role including reporting and time-lines, medical treatment utilization schedule, utilization review and independent medical review; evaluating permanent disability, resolving disputes and writing med-legal reports as the QME.

Saturday (8:00am to 12:00 noon)

Review of The Physician’s Guide a continuation by chapter to include payment to physicians, QME compliance, physician’s conduct and participation of office staff.

Prerequisites: Completion of the Basic Work Comp course

Required TextPhysician’s Guide to Medical Practice in the California Workers’ Compensation System (4th ed.).  Free download from DWC Medical Unit (http://www.dir.ca.gov/dwc/MedicalUnit/toc.pdf)

Examinations: Yes, at the start of the second module to include matching of terms and definitions and multiple choice from sample questions from each chapter of the Physician’s Guide.

Credentials:  12 hours of credit for Friday and Saturday toward I.I.E. credential.

Module Two (Second Weekend)

Thursday (8:00am to 12:00 noon and 1:00 to 6:00pm)

Industrial Injury Evaluator (I.I.E.) Certification (36 hours) (cont.)

Examination on Glossary and Physician’s Guide to Workers’ Compensation, 4th ed.  There are two exams, both closed book;  1) matching glossary of terms and definitions, and 2) multiple choice of all chapters in the Physician’s Guide.  Sample questions are provided in the syllabus.

AMA Guides to the Evaluation of Permanent Impairment (5th ed.) includes detailed discussion on DEU and AMA impairment combination and addition rules; ratings of the spine, upper and lower extremities, including AMA combination tables. 

Examinations follow each section on the impairment of the cervical and lumbar spine, impairment of the upper extremities, specifically the hand, and impairment of the lower extremity, specifically of the knee.  It is an OPEN book examination using the AMA Guides to the Evaluation of Physical Impairment, 5th ed.  You must have a copy of the AMA Guides.

Friday (8:00am to 12:00 noon and 1:00 to 6:00pm)

Continuation of outline from prior day.  Additional coursework include detailed discussion on Almaraz/Guzman ratings, Med-Legal complexity factors and billing practices, Electronic Adjudication Management System (EAMS) and report writing. 

Examination follows the section on EAMS.  It is a closed book examination.  Documents are provided.  The challenge is to sort in proper order as submitting your report to the DEU for rating purposes. 

Saturday (8:00am to 12:00 noon and 1:00 to 6:00pm)

Report Writing (continued from prior day):  There is an extensive review of information already provided.  Report outlines, forms and templates are used for illustrative purposes.  Different report formats are used including report outlines under 8 CCR §46 and post 1/1/2005 AMA Guides requirements. 

Detailed discussion of take home exam.

Prerequisites: Completion of the Basic Work Comp course

Required TextAMA Guides to the Evaluation of Physical Impairment, 5th ed. (ISBN 1-57947-085-8).  May order from AMA at www.ama-assn.org (phone: 1-800-621-8335) or at Amazon.com.

Examinations: Yes, as described above.  Must have AMA Guides for open book examinations. 

Credentials:  24 hours of credit for Thursday, Friday and Saturday toward I.I.E. credential.

Take-Home Exam (4 hours credit)

This is a required report writing assignment and take-home examination to receive your I.I.E credential.  All report templates (using the AMA Guides format), examination and patient questionnaires and forms (as addendums), billing attachments, IRS, DEU and DWC documents are provided on a CD.  Once completed and mailed in to the ICAC a telephone consultation is scheduled that last about an hour.  The goal is final preparation for doing your first QME consultation, examination and report.

I look forward to your active participation.  On behalf of the ICAC community welcome to the Industrial Injury Evaluator (I.I.E.) credentialing series.

Sincerely,

James E. Musick, D.C., QME, FICAC(H), I.I.E. Instructor