Effectiveness of Merit Telemedicine IME’s

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Our research has shown that there is limited access to specialty providers in remote or rural areas.  Many claimants must travel across their Midwestern state to attend an Independent Medical Examination.  This can incur significant costs associated with travel and loss of time, and potentially delay resolution of the claim.

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The Merit Telemedicine IME Approach

The Merit Telemedicine IME platform provides a specialty physician from our provider network specific to the claimant’s injury, as well as a second licensed, skilled clinician in the room facilitating the physical portion of the exam.  In some cases, two specialty providers can address multiple injuries/extremities in the same visit.

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How does this work?

Utilizing the Merit Telemedicine IME platform, with a multi-clinician approach, provides for a more comprehensive, thorough, and objective exam.  In addition to cost savings, Merit also utilizes predictive modeling tools designed to generate more accurate data for the claim.

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Client testimonial:

"To better serve the needs of our healthcare patients in today's rapidly changing and fast paced world, the utilization of telehealth services has become an essential technology that bridges the access gap between reputable health care providers and the consumers that need their expertise.

We have been fortunate to partner with Merit Medical Physicians from across the U.S. to conduct IME's and PIR's for the residents living in our western Nebraska panhandle region by offering these high-quality exams locally through the use of telehealth technologies. This has drastically reduced the financial and time associated burdens for consumers to access these reputable Merit Medical experts. 

Our rehab therapists who work directly with the Merit Medical Physicians have found this means of providing patient care very rewarding and satisfying. This unique blend of interdisciplinary professionals teaming together to conduct these exams, in my opinion, has afforded the patient access to an examination process that is thorough, detailed and of the highest quality. We are proud to work hand in hand with the entire Merit Medical team and have found this relationship to be a mutually beneficial and rewarding experience."

Jason Thyne PT, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT, Director of Rehabilitation, Regional West Health Services

"I really enjoyed the open format, the diagrams, and the mechanism of injury discussion."

"The visuals were excellent and were very helpful when discussing anatomy and physiology."

"Excellent for workers' compensation claim handlers and defense attorneys."

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