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Functional Capacity Evaluations (FCE)

Functional capacity evaluations determine the range of an employee's actual physical capabilities.


A physical or occupational therapist conducts an FCE by measuring the range of an individual's physical abilities in the work environment.


The evaluation takes four to eight hours over one or two days. It is comprised of 26-29 different movements such as floor-to-waist lift, waist-to-eye lift, 1 and 2 hand carrying, crouching, squatting, stair and ladder climb, balancing, and walking.


These evaluations help the practitioner establish a baseline gauge of the employee's work function level.


Use an FCE when:

  • There does not appear to be a legitimate medical reason for symptoms the employee is experiencing.
  • You believe the employee is exaggerating injury symptoms and/or malingering.
  • The employee cannot comfortably perform a transitional duty position.

FCEs may reveal inconsistent efforts by employees and identify symptom magnification or a fear of returning to work.The evaluator may visit the workplace to determine job requirements relative to actual physical abilities. 



The bottom line is that sooner or later authorities will catch up to those individuals who try and cheat the system.  

Stay in touch! By maintaining contact with the injured employee, the employer will maintain rapport throughout the claim process.

The internet is where a workers comp investigation starts and sometimes ends, but are facebook posts necessarily reality? 
Do not blow off a stress claim! File with your carrier and let the carrier decide if it is work-related or not. Read on for compensable stress scenarios, even though most are not compensable. 
It is never too late to become involved and make doctors explain why claimants remain on these expensive and dangerous opioid medications in long-term use situations. 
Accurate reserving is very important to the insurer in not only establishing the amount of money to be set aside for the claim but in determining future premiums. What are the three components of the "claim reserve"? 

The #1 selling cost containment book for workers compensation is our 2012 Workers Compensation Management Program: Reduce Costs 20-50% manual. This 181-page guidebook helps assess company or clients' workers comp programs, design program materials, roll out a program to the organization, and monitor and manage the program once implemented.  

New summaries for "drug testing and workers compensation state laws" for every jurisdiction are NOW posted on our website. Click on the link above to check it out.

For 20 years, the National Workers' Compensation and Disability Conference & Expo has been the industry's leading training event. And this year's event is taking it to the next level - making it the best ever! November 7-9th 2012.

For the first time in almost 40 years, multiple efforts are underway to modernize the federal workers' compensation system. The 2012 event kicks off with an Opening Keynote dedicated to the future, explaining how the various reform proposals would affect the federal workers' comp landscape and giving you the tools necessary to handle the changes coming your way. November 7-9th 2012. 
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