New AMA Impairment Guidelines add five axioms

The American Medical Association’s (AMA) Guides to the Evaluation of Permanent Impairment, 6th Edition, is now available. The guides incorporate the following five new axioms, resulting in a significant change in methods to determine impairment:

The Guides to the Evaluation of Permanent Impairment reflect the most significant evolution in impairment assessment. A diagnosis-based grid has been developed for each organ system with five classes of impairment severity, based on consensus-based dominant criterion. This results in a significant learning curve to apply the guides appropriately.

Why do you need to know about the Guides to the Evaluation of Permanent Impairment?
This text serves as the standardized physician reference on permanent impairments and is broadly applicable to workers’ compensation, personal injury, and disability claims. In addition, 40 of 51 workers’ compensation jurisdictions mandate or recommend use of the Guides to the Evaluation of Permanent Impairment.

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