1-16-12; Learn the AMA Impairment Guidelines from the experts, folks

Beginning in March 2012, SafeWorks Illinois and the Illinois State Medical Society will be co-sponsoring six half-day courses around the state on the AMA Impairment Guideline Ratings, ideal for both busy physicians and attorneys alike. Your editor will be speaking at several of these presentations.


The purpose of the AMA Guides to the Evaluation of Permanent Impairment (6th Edition) is to help determine permanent partial disability (PPD) awards for Illinois workers’ compensation cases. The AMA Guides ratings are only one factor in assessing disability. How applicable are the uses of these guides? Will they be utilized at all? Find answers to these questions and more by attending one of these courses!

When & Where

·         March 1 Chicago U.S. Cellular Field Conference Center

·         March 15 Bloomington Marriott Bloomington-Normal Hotel & Conference Center

·         March 22 Schaumburg Courtyard by Marriott – Schaumburg

·         March 29 Collinsville Doubletree Hotel

·         May 10 Oak Brook Chicago Marriott Oak Brook (Across from Oakbrook Center shopping mall)

·         May 17 Rock Island Holiday Inn Rock Island Hotel & Conference Center

Register TODAY at www.ISMS.org

This new seminar, co-sponsored by ISMS and SafeWorks Illinois, offers the unique opportunity to develop a better understanding of the multiple components used in assessing and evaluating disability for workers’ compensation cases. You’ll learn the nuts and bolts contained in the new AMA Guides to the Evaluation of Permanent Impairment – Sixth Edition and gain valuable insights provided by expert presenters – all in an efficient half-day workshop coming to locations across the state. Breakfast is provided; continuing medical education (CME) credits available. CCM, CLE & CEU credits are being applied for as well.

Our focus for claims handlers and risk managers alike—if you don’t know and use the AMA Guides, you can’t complain if the Arbitrators and Commissioners don’t follow them. We urge you to start to learn and utilize this cost-savings tool.