Managed Physical Medicine

Article Recap: On the Job. Getting the Most Out of a Functional Capacity Evaluation

Since the mid-80s, functional capacity evaluation (FCEs) have been used to measure a worker’s ability to perform the physical demands of a given job.

But as an unregulated practice, how can we ensure the value and reliability of an FCE?

The workers’ compensation industry has come to rely upon functional capacity evaluations (FCEs) to measure an injured worker’s physical capabilities in the work environment. The results can help determine rehabilitation plans, return-to-work schedules and disability ratings.

But with several validated FCE tools on the market communication of goals and consistency in administration is key. In a recent issue of Claims Management, Medrisk’s Michelle Buckman outlines industry best practices for when to request an FCE – from understanding the purpose of the exam to documenting and communicating the results to key stakeholders.

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