Self-Assess Your AMA Guides Rating Skills
It’s fast, free and fun: just take our 10-item mini-assessment of knowledge and skills. If you do well, you can proceed with the CIR® certification exam with confidence. If you don’t ace it, consider our online training and resources. There’s no time like the present!
It is imperative that impairment evaluations are accurate and unbiased. Do you know best practices to produce consistently accurate evaluations and reports that stand up to scrutiny? We believe all members of our respective professions involve in workers’ compensation and personal injury cases should:
- Have the knowledge and skills to assess impairment based on the AMA Guides to the Evaluation of Permanent Impairment.
- Be able to demonstrate competency in using the AMA Guides.
- Use pro-quality tools such as forms, templates, and other resources to provide great evaluations and reports efficiently.
- Know how to achieve success in the medicolegal arena.
Better Practices, Better Outcomes
The AMA Guides are the “Gold Standard” for assessing impairment. We’re making it easier to master their use:
- Convenient online training — your most efficient and cost-effective approach to training – available 24/7 – no travel expense and no time away from work for classes or tests! Receive Certificate of Participation upon completion of requirements for Fifth Edition and/or Sixth Edition.
- Authoritative training by Christopher R. Brigham, MD, Editor of the Guides Casebook and Guides Newsletter, and Senior Editor of the AMA Guides (Sixth Edition).
- Participate in monthly subscriber only online Question and Answer sessions.
- Better outcomes through improved processes, accuracy, and professionalism.
- Promoting best practices contributing to your success.
Terminology for Newcomers
Impairment is “a significant deviation, loss, or loss of use of any body structure or function in an individual with a health condition, disorder, or disease.”
Impairment differs from the concept of disability, which is “an umbrella term for activity limitations and/or participation restrictions in an individual with a health condition, disorder, or disease.”
Impairment evaluation refers to the “acquisition, recording, and reporting of medical evidence, using a standard method such as described in the Guides to determine permanent impairment associated with a physical or mental condition.” The result is…
…an impairment rating, a “consensus-derived percentage estimate of loss of activity, which reflects severity of impairment for a given health condition, and the degree of associated limitations in terms of Activities of Daily Living (ADLs).” —AMA Guides, Sixth Edition, Glossary