GUIDELINES OF CONDUCT

Spine Consultants and Dr. Jesse Butler, affirm and abide by the American Board of Independent Medical Examiners, Guidelines of Conduct.

Each physician certified by the American Board of Independent Medical Examiners (ABIME) is expected to comply with these guidelines of conduct.

Accordingly, each physician should:

  • Be honest in all communications;
  • Respect the rights of the examinee and other participants, and treat these individuals with dignity and respect;

At the examination:

  • Introduce him/herself to the examinee as the examining physician;
  • Advise the examinee they are seeing him/her for an independent medical examination, and the information provided will be used in assessment and presented in a report;
  • Provide the examinee with the name of the party requesting the examination;
  • Advise the examinee that no treating physician-patient relationship will be established;

Explain the examination process;

  • Provide adequate draping and privacy if the examinee needs to remove clothing for the examination;
  • Refrain from derogatory comments; and
  • Close the examination by telling the examinee that the examination is over and ask if there is further information the examinee would like to add;
  • Reach conclusions that are based on facts and sound medical knowledge, and for which the independent medical examiner has adequate qualifications to address;

Be prepared to address conflict in a professional and constructive manner;

  • Never accept a fee for services which is dependent upon writing a report favorable to the referral service;
  • And maintain confidentiality consistent with the applicable legal jurisdiction.