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Your independent medical evaluation scheduled through MCN will be different from a visit with your own physician. The goal of a standard (non-medical review) examination is to maintain your overall health and usually involves treatment. An independent medical evaluation is an examination based upon claim questions posed by a client who needs to make decisions of a medical nature. Treatment is not offered and the evaluating physician/consultant is not engaged in a physician-patient relationship with you.
You may be evaluated by more than one consultant depending on the nature of your injuries or condition. The consultant(s) are not employed by or affiliated with the party requesting your evaluation and they are not employees of MCN, Inc.
This evaluation may have been requested by any one of the following: your attending physician, an attorney, government agency, an insurance company, or by a claims adjuster managing your injury claim. The purposes of the evaluation are to obtain an objective opinion on your injury or disability claim and to answer specific questions by the requesting party.
This evaluation is not meant to constitute a general medical evaluation and is not a substitute for your seeking any necessary care from your personal physician(s) or other regular health care provider. The objective evaluation results may be summarized in the form of a written report which will be forwarded to the party that requested this evaluation. Please note that the opinions expressed in any report are the conclusions of the examining consultant(s) and do not reflect the opinions of MCN, Inc.
Throughout the evaluation process, MCN's consultants will consider information that may include medical records; other related claim records; claimant questionnaires; laboratory and imaging data; histories from claimants; and the physical or mental status examination.
Your examination with an MCN examiner is usually on a one-time basis. You are being examined for the purpose assisting in the management of your claim, not treatment. With this in mind, the medical professional with whom you are scheduled with does not keep your medical record on file.
Your examination should meet the highest possible medical standards. MCN also recognizes the importance of reputation and credibility, and carefully credentials consultants through external verification of licensure, Board Certification and regulatory compliance.
Before arriving for your examination, you will be contacted by an MCN representative in preparation for the appointment. MCN staff will contact you as needed for more instructions, forms, and/or paperwork. If you have any questions, please contact MCN (link).
If you need to reschedule or cancel the appointment, contact MCN (link) immediately. Please remember that postponement of your appointment may cause a delay in the processing of your case by your referring agency or suspension of any benefits you may be receiving.
Depending on the agency's requirement, you will receive a notification package in the mail with some or all of the following items:
The examining physician will compile the examination evidence into a medical report. Once completed, the report will be reviewed to verify the content is clear, consistent and complete. This quality assurance function is strictly administrative in nature and the opinion of the doctor is conveyed as expressed and intended by the consultant.
Once the medical report is deemed to be clear, consistent, and complete, it is delivered to the referring agency who will make the claims decision.
If you'd like to find out the status of your medical report and determination, please contact the entity who referred your claim. MCN is solely responsible for conducting the examination and diagnostic tests and submitting the complete medical report to the referring agency. You should never receive any bills from consultants or lab facilities relating to your examination. If you have any questions, please contact the MCN office handling your examination.