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How to Start, Build, and Run a Successful IME Practice, December 3-4, 2020, Naples, FL


Product Description

This is SEAK’s highly-acclaimed continuing education seminar on the topic of independent medical evaluations. Past SEAK IME attendees have substantially increased the success of their IME practices, have been able to raise their fees and have vastly improved their IME practices. The faculty has over 40 years of IME experience and are dynamic presenters. The learning methodology will utilize the latest research obtained specifically for this course to identify and solve the most pressing problems facing the seminar participants. Participants will be involved in a series of unique interactive learning experiences including mock direct and cross-examinations and demonstrations. This course is only offered once a year.

December 3-4, 2020, The Naples Grande Beach Resort, Naples, FL

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Location/Hotel Accommodations: A limited block of rooms will be available at special rates at the site hotel, The Naples Grande Beach Resort (www.naplesgrande.com) ($209 Tower Guest Room). To make your reservations please call 1-844-210-5931 and mention that you are with SEAK, Inc or group code GSEAK20 or click here. Rooms are limited and this rate expires Wednesday, November 11, 2020 so you are strongly encouraged to make your reservations as soon as possible.

Tuition/Discounts: To register, please visit www.seak.com or call 508-457-1111.Tuition for each course is $1,295 on or before September 30, 2020; $1,395 October 1, 2020–November 11, 2020 and $1,495 after November 11, 2020. Your tuition includes continental breakfast and lunch with faculty each day and a detailed conference manual. Group discounts are available for two or more persons registering together from the same employer. Discount prices depend on the size of the group. Our programs can also be brought onsite to your organization. Please call 508-457-1111. A special 50% Conference discount is available on all new and renewal standard listings in the SEAK Expert Witness, IME and File Review Directory placed by attendees while at the seminar.

Cancellations: Conference cancellations received in writing on or prior to November 11, 2020 will receive a full tuition refund. Persons cancelling after November 11, 2020 will receive a full tuition credit.

• Start and run an efficient and profitable IME practice
• Understand specifically what providers are looking for from IME physicians
• Improve the opportunities for growing an IME practice
• Understand the IME selection process
• Avoid the biggest mistakes IME physicians make
• Write higher quality and more valuable IME reports
• Write more persuasive, defensible IME reports
• Reduce your legal risks
• Obtain high-quality clients with repeatable business
• Effectively deal with the most difficult ethical problems associated with IMEs
• Solve most or all of your IME problems
• Build a premier IME practice with built-in sustainability

Continuing Education Information: SEAK, Inc. is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. SEAK, Inc. designates this live activity for a maximum of 14 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


dorto-circular.jpgAnthony J. Dorto, MD, FAADEP is the Medical Director of the Disability Assessment Center in Miami, Florida, which performs Independent Medical Evaluations, second opinions, functional capacity, and earning capacity assessments. Dr. Dorto is certified by the American Board of Independent Medical Examiners, is a Fellow of the American Academy of Disability Evaluation Physicians, and is Board Certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Dr. Dorto has lectured and written extensively on IMEs, symptom magnification and malingering, disability evaluation, and impairment rating. Dr. Dorto is an experienced trainer and has been on the SEAK IME faculty since 2003.

babitsky-steven100px.jpgSteven Babitsky, Esq., is the President of SEAK, Inc. He was a workers’ compensation trial attorney for twenty years and is the former managing partner of the firm Kistin, Babitsky, Latimer & Beitman. He is the founder of the National Organization of Social Security Claimants’ Representatives, the co-founder of the American Board of Independent Medical Examiners, and the creator of the AMA Guides Newsletter. Mr. Babitsky is the co-author of the texts Writing and Defending Your IME Report: The Comprehensive Guide, Understanding the AMA Guides in Workers’ Compensation, Litigating Stress Cases in Workers’ Compensation, How to Be a Successful Expert Witness: SEAK’s A–Z Guide to Expert Witnessing, How to Be an Effective Expert Witness at Deposition and Trial: The SEAK Guide to Testifying as an Expert Witness, and How to Write An Expert Witness Report. Attorney Babitsky created the course How to Start, Run, and Build a Successful IME Practice as well as the IME Skills For Physicians: The Master’s Program. He consults with physician groups to help improve their IME practices.


Day One (Thursday, December 3, 2020)


8:00–8:15 Introduction
The faculty introduces themselves, explains the goals for the course and the interactive teaching methodology that will be utilized.

8:15–9:00 The Biggest Mistakes IME Physicians Make and How to Avoid Them
In this segment the faculty will utilize their 40 years plus of experience to identify and discuss the most common and significant IME mistakes physicians make: administratively, gathering and reviewing the medical records, conducting the examination, interacting with the examinee, report writing, testifying at deposition and hearing, billing, collection and marketing. Questions and Answers

9:00–9:30 Pleasing the Clients: The Latest Research on What Clients Really Want and How Can You Deliver It
Faculty will review with attendees the results of their research into what IME clients are looking for from IME physicians and how these influence their selection process. Included in the discussion will be: credentials, specialization, cooperativeness, report writing ability, and ability and willingness to testify at deposition or hearing. Questions and Answers

9:30–10:30 Advanced Physical Examination Techniques and the Quality IME Demonstrated
In this segment the faculty will discuss and demonstrate an exceptional IME exam. Discussion and demonstration will include: interview and history, questionnaires, review of records, diagnostic studies, physical orthopedic/neurological evaluation, testing in numerous examination positions, tools of the trade, report writing and comment sections of the report. Questions and Answers


10:45–12:00 Identifying Symptom Magnification, Fraud and Malingering: Advanced Techniques
Faculty will discuss and demonstrate with the use of videos, the proper symptom magnification definitions, injury red flags, non-organic signs and their meanings, how to identify and demonstrate any inconsistencies, specific tests for symptom magnification, the proper use of functional capacity evaluation, and the role of surveillance. Questions and Answers


12:45–1:45 Writing the Bulletproof IME Report: Exceeding Expectations
In this segment the faculty will discuss and demonstrate how to draft an IME report that will stand up under scrutiny and cross-examination. Volunteers will be called upon to defend their pre-submitted IME reports. Questions and Answers

1:45–2:30 Efficiently and Effectively Dealing with Medical and Other Records and Materials Provided: Solving the Most Common Problems
The faculty will explain the most efficient techniques for obtaining, organizing, and reviewing the medical and other records provided. Emphasis will be placed on missing and disorganized records. Questions and Answers


2:45–3:30 IME Ethical Dilemmas: Avoiding Pitfalls and Mine fields
In this segment the faculty will identify the most common and difficult IME dilemmas faced by IME physicians and will offer practical suggestions for resolving them. Questions and Answers

3:30–4:30 Innovative Premium Fee Setting and Billing Techniques
Faculty will present cost-effective efficient protocols for premium fee setting and billing. Emphasis will be placed on being paid for the time spent, expertise and quality of the work product. Questions and Answers

4:30–5:00 Working with Defense Attorneys: What They Are Really Looking For
The attendees will be provided insight into what defense attorneys are really looking for from IME physicians. Videos of defense attorneys explaining their needs and issues will be presented. Questions and Answers

Day Two (Friday, December 4, 2020)


7:00–8:00 Advanced Practice Management: Maximizing the Efficiency of Your IME Practice
The faculty explains how to make your IME practice more efficient and profitable. Questions and Answers

8:00–9:00 Innovative, Professional, and Cost Effective IME Marketing Methods That Work: Selection and Engagement
Attendees will be presented with simple, cost-effective strategies to market and expand their IME practice. Emphasis will be placed on what the physician and staff can do to build a premium practice. Questions and Answers


9:15–9:30 IME Brokers and Scheduling Companies
The faculty will discuss and explain how to identify the companies physicians may want to work with, how to develop good working relationships and what should be avoided in considering working with these companies. Questions and Answers

9:30–10:00 Causal Relationships and the IME Physician: What You Need to Know
Attendees will be presented with a detailed review of the numerous causal relationship issues they face and will be provided techniques and explanations for dealing with them. Demonstrations with volunteers will be conducted to illustrate key points of contention. Questions and Answers


10:15–11:00 The IME Physician Deposition: How to Excel
The faculty will provide a detailed checklist containing many of the issues physicians will face at deposition. Special emphasis will be placed on particular IME issues and questions. Demonstrations based on pre-submitted reports will highlight key points. Questions and Answers

11:00–11:30 How to Deal With Requests for “Modifications,” “Alterations,” or “Corrections” to Your Report
Attendees will express the most troubling issues they face in the cat and mouse requests of attorney and clients for modifications, alterations and corrections of their reports. The faculty will offer practical, ethical, and time tested solutions to these vexing issues. Questions and Answers

11:30–12:00 Independent Medical Examination Risk Management: What Can Go Wrong and How to Avoid It
The faculty will identify the most potentially troubling and dangerous risk management issues for IME physicians and offer safe protocols for dealing with these issues. Particular emphasis will be placed on avoiding unnecessary risk. Questions and Answers


12:45–1:30 Disability, Impairment and Ability to Work
In this segment the faculty will review with the attendees what their role should be in evaluating and defining the disability, impairment and ability to work of examinees. Particular emphasis will be placed on the precise wording of opinions and reports. Questions and Answers

1:30–2:15 Trick and Difficult Questions for the IME Physician
The faculty will demonstrate in an interactive fashion the most difficult common questions IME physicians face and how to answer them truthfully and artfully. Insight will be provided into the significance of the questions and the replies. Questions and Answers

2:15–2:30 Takeaways, Conclusions and Evaluation
The faculty will review key points and open the floor for a free-flowing discussion of the issues covered in the entire two day conference.

What past attendees have to say:

“Absolutely superb”    

“A great learning tool and great stepping stone to starting IME work.”


“Dr. Dorto’s experience probably can’t be matched and [counsel’s] presentation was logical and elegant.”

“Excellent ~ one of the best I have been to in 20 years”

“Excellent and informative.” 

“Excellent coverage of entire process” “Terrific course material and presenters”

“Excellent, of the highest quality. Really the best CME course I’ve been to in years, very professional.”

“Excellent preparation and presentation”

“Excellent way of learning in shortest period of time”


“Excellent presenters and very knowledgeable.”

“Excellent presentation/Conference. Will recommend to colleagues.”

“Extremely well run, informative, and entertaining”

“Faculty very competent and good teachers”

“Fantastic and very helpful”

“Fantastic course, comprehensive A+”

“Full of usable information”

“Gives me good direction.”

“Glad I attended. I gained info that will help me expand my IME practice.”

“Great presentations.”

“Great presentations, approachable, simple and practical information.”

“Great presenters.”

“Great way to start an IME practice.”

“Great, really appreciate individual feedback re: CV and sample IME provided”

“I enjoyed the course and feel it will help me get to the next level."

“I very much enjoyed your conference and hope to implement your wisdom soon!”

“Informative and entertaining. A comfortable atmosphere.”

“It was fantastic and I will refer my colleagues. Both you and Tony have tremendous talent and expertise. Thank you for sharing it with us.”

“It was useful to learn what attorney’s look for in the background of IME doctors and in IME reports.”

“More than excellent ~ profitable”

“Organized, valuable tips.”

“Outstanding seminar with multiple practical tips”

“Practical point by point and examples of how to get started and forms to use, etc.”

“Spot on for myself as I will start doing IMEs full-time soon.”

“Terrific course material and presenters”

"The IME courses were exceptional. I am happy that I attended these two courses in Naples. The knowledge gained will make my reports stronger."

“The mock questions at the end were very enlightening.”

“Tips on depositions were very practical and useful.”

“Very good for intended objectives.”

“Very good, efficient, useful info.”

“Very good, excellent presenters.”

“Very good, knowledgeable faculty”

“Very good/informative.”

“Very helpful in broadening my understanding of the IME process.”

“Very helpful, approachable faculty.”

“Very informative about legal aspect, provided good tips to perform concise and thorough IME.”

“Very informative.”

“Very practical”“Very qualified speakers, excellent presentations”

“Well organized and informative.”

“Well run, experienced faculty.”