What is an FCE?
An FCE or Functional Capacity Evaluation is the comprehensive,
objective testing of an individual's
ability to perform physical tasks over a period of several
hours or days. This testing is also known
as a Functional Capacity Assessment.
When should you consider an FCE?
To help you to determine a claimant's
capacity to perform certain physical activities related
to occupational duties and capacity to work.
To provide objective data
when there is a discrepancy between the subjective complaints
and other objective clinical or non-clinical factors.
To establish an individual's progress
in a rehabilitation program or to evaluate a recommended
Who administers the FCE?
PDC selects only highly qualified licensed physical or
occupational therapists who are experienced in
performing FCEs. Both test results and observations of
the claimant's consistency of effort and
behavior are documented.
Why use PDC to arrange an FCE?
Our clinical staff will assist in
assessing whether and when to perform an FCE.
PDC selects FCE specialists who are
experienced in determining the appropriate
testing protocols for the condition, and who can make
objective observations of effort and
limiting behaviors during the entire FCE.
The PDC Coordinator takes into consideration
the distance a claimant may be asked to
travel when selecting an FCE specialist.
Once an FCE specialist is selected,
the PDC Coordinator will communicate with
that specialist to determine whether any conflicts of
A PDC Coordinator schedules the FCE
appointment(s), and provides, in writing, the FCE
specialist's fee for services information and cancellation
PDC's clinical staff can help formulate
case specific questions and, if requested, review
and critique the final FCE report.
The cost associated with arranging a PDC Medical FCE is
competitively priced. Fees are billed at an hourly
rate for research, establishing credentials and scheduling.
To ensure the independent nature
of the evaluation, the FCE specialist submits the final
report and invoice for services directly to the referral
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