Independent Medical Examinations (IMEs) are performed to provide objective, unbiased information regarding an individual’s neuropsychological or psychological functioning. Unlike traditional evaluations that are performed to benefit the individual patient, the IME is conducted at the request of a third party. Dr. Lebowitz has experience conducting a range of IMEs. The type of evaluation performed in the context of an IME is dependent upon the question being asked by the client (in the case of an IME, the client is the third-party payer). At times, a third party will request an IME to obtain a second opinion regarding the clinical services providing by a treating physician/psychologist. Often, these IMEs consist of a clinical interview, administration of validated self-report questionnaires designed to provide information regarding current psychological/cognitive functioning, and review of available medical records. Typically, a brief report is produced that addresses only those questions specifically asked by the third party. At other times, a third party may require objective information regarding an individual’s cognitive strengths and weaknesses. In this case, a comprehensive evaluation is performed. The comprehensive IME is similar in format to the traditional neuropsychological examination. A clinical interview is performed, medical/academic/occupational records are reviewed, collateral sources are interviewed, and a full battery of cognitive and psychological measures are administered. Typically a report is generated. The length and breadth of the report produced is dependent on the needs of the client.
Dr. Lebowitz routinely performs IMEs at the request of insurance carriers, law firms, and employers. He has experience performing IMEs in the context of individuals who have been injured in car accidents (No Fault), and injured workers (Workers Compensation).
An IME fee schedule is available upon request.