Have you or your client been sent to Dr. Thomas W. Grossman for a so-called "Independent Medical Examination"? If so, you may not realize that Dr. Grossman was likely hired by the defense insurer or lawyer through Crawford Evaluation Group by way of IMEBASE. Dr. Grossman is in Crawford's stable of doctors earning huge sums of money reporting and testifying for insurers. IMEcentric and IMEBASE are software programs that connect physicians who want to earn those huge sums with insurers. Interestingly, Dr. Grossman has worked for both ExamWorks predecessor, Verity Medical, and Crawford, and probably may other IME companies.
In any event, IMEBASE's website explains:
"Are you running IME management software owned by your largest competitor?
Two years ago, ExamWorks acquired IME Software Solutions, the creator of IMEcentric. If you’re using IMEcentric, you’re trusting your largest competitor to secure all of your case information, physician lists, and any other data you enter into their system.
imebase is the independent IME management solution.
imebase and its parent company, Innova Partners, are exclusively dedicated to software development. We do NOT perform IMEs, manage the IME process, or anything that competes with your business. Our sole focus is to provide software that makes you more successful."
You may remember ExamWorks from the post ExamWorks - IME's are Big Business. Today, ExamWorks is almost a $1 billion company and IMEcentric is how its stable of physicians are connected with insurers. In fact, it's website shows "profitability reports" citing huge insurers like Geico and State Farm.
Lawyers practicing personal injury law should familiarize themselves with this software and discover as much information as possible about the "independent" doctor's earnings and work for insurance companies.
By the way, other Wisconsin IME "brokers" that may utilize these software systems include: EvaluMed, Integrity Medicolegal Enterprises, Medical Consultants Network, Medical Systems, Inc., and Woodlake Medical Management.
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