What is an Independent Medical Evaluation?
Independent Medical Evaluations (IMEs) are examinations performed by a physician not involved in an individual’s care for the purpose of clarifying medical and job issues. Click here to read more about IMEs.
Why is an IME considered independent?
The IME physician is not a treating doctor and can objectively evaluate past treatment or proposed treatment recommendations (i.e., the IME physician’s recommendations are not contingent on future care or treatment of the individual). Reimbursement for an IME is not contingent upon any specific conclusions from the examination. For example, conclusions from a REOH IME may confirm or refute issues regarding the relationship of the injury or illness to work.
What are the doctor's credentials?
Dr. John Schumpert, Dr. David Hewitt, and Dr. Cook-Shimanek have been practicing medicine for a combined 47 years. They are all Doctors of Medicine (MD), hold Master of Public Health (MPH) degrees, and are board-certified in Occupational Medicine. In addition, Dr. Schumpert is a Fellow of the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. Dr. Hewitt is also board certified in General Preventive Medicine and Public Health and is a Diplomate of the American Board of Toxicology. Click here to read more about our physicians.
How long does an IME take?
Please arrive 15 minutes prior to your appointment. On average, IMEs last one hour.
Will I see the doctor again for a follow up appointment or treatment?
Because the IME physician is not a treating doctor, no follow-up appointments will take place with the IME physician who examines you. In rare cases, a second IME may be requested to address additional questions. The REOH physician who examines you will not be assuming care or directing future treatment for your occupational or environmental injury/illness.
Will a copy of the IME report or diagnostic test results be provided to me?
After your IME is completed, the REOH physician who examined you will provide a written report to the party who scheduled your appointment. You will not receive a copy of the IME report. You may request a copy of the IME report from the party who scheduled your examination (typically your workers’ compensation claims examiner or attorney).
In conjunction with your IME, the REOH physician who examines you may order diagnostic studies or screening tests to address IME questions. You will not return to this office after diagnostic studies are completed, nor will REOH contact you regarding the results. Test results will be sent to the party who requested you appointment. The final IME report will also include a summary of the test results.
Should I bring anything to my appointment?
You do not need to bring anything to your IME. The requesting party of your IME will provide REOH with past medical records. However, you may bring any other materials to your appointment which you believe may be helpful for the physician to review during the evaluation. Click here to review REOH paperwork prior to your appointment (we will provide paper copies to sign at our office).
Where are your offices located?
The primary office for REOH is in Missoula:
210 East Pine Street, Suite 100, Missoula, MT 59802
Our Billings office is located at 1601 Lewis Ave, Ste 110, Billings, MT 59102
Where can I park?
For directions and parking information please visit our Contact page. For Missoula appointments, we will provide you with change for the meter (located at the center of the block).