What is a Psychiatric IME?

Independent psychiatric examinations are comprehensive clinical evaluations performed by one or more highly qualified experts. There is no treating physician/patient relationship established when an IME is performed.

In addition to the documentation of the evaluation, the final IME report will include a thorough review of records, the results of testing performed, completed collateral contacts, and responses to questions. IME services are utilized by a variety of sources, including claim organizations, attorneys, and other individuals involved in the administration of disability claims.


When should a Psychiatric IME be considered?

  • Whenever an unbiased expert assessment of a claimant's diagnosis, status and treatment plan is indicated.
  • To address inconsistencies between the claimant's reported level of impairment and other information, such as the expected result of treatment, or the activities engaged in by the claimant.


Who performs a PDC Psychiatric IME?

PDC selects independent psychiatrists, psychologists and neuropsychologists who are experts in their field of specialization and who have demonstrated the ability to assimilate factual data in the development of their opinions. These experts have extensive forensic experience and typically have served as expert witnesses.

The PDC IME Network database contains the names of thousands of qualified experts, including many who are bilingual, throughout the United States, Puerto Rico, and Canada. The database is constantly updated and expanded.

The PDC clinical staff carefully credentials all IME experts, reviewing their curriculum vitae, board certifications, areas of specialization, licenses, malpractice coverage, administrative requirements and fees, and a work product sample.


Why use PDC's Psychiatric IME services?

  • PDC confirms referrals within two business days and is committed to scheduling an appointment within 7 to 10 business days of the request.
  • A PDC IME Coordinator maintains regular communication with the referral source regarding the status of research and scheduling.
  • The PDC clinical staff carefully credentials the IME expert and makes recommendations specific to each case.
  • Once an IME expert is selected, a PDC staff member communicates with that expert to rule out any conflicts of interest.
  • A PDC IME Coordinator schedules the IME appointments and, in writing, provides the IME expert's appointment schedule, fees, cancellation policy and a copy of the curriculum vitae.
  • As necessary, the PDC IME Coordinator will make transportation arrangements and reserve meeting accomodations when travel is required for the IME.
  • PDC will reschedule the IME appointment, one time, at no additional cost.
  • PDC's clinical staff can help formulate case specific IME questions and, if requested, review and critique the final IME report.
  • IME experts are expected to complete their final report within 7 business days of the last IME activity for each case.
  • The cost associated with arranging a PDC Psychiatric IME is competitively priced. Fees are based on a flat rate that varies, depending on whether one or more doctors are involved in the IME.
  • To ensure the independent nature of the evaluation, the IME expert submits the final report and invoice for services directly to the referral source.


How do I refer a case for an IME?

Complete the Psychiatric IME Referral Form and fax it to PDC or Contact Us for further assistance.


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