Approved Medical Impairment Rating Training
For appointments to the Medical Impairment Rating (MIR) Registry or the Certified Physician Program (CPP) Registry, the Tennessee Bureau of Workers’ Compensation requires training in the AMA GuidesTM to the Evaluation of Permanent Impairment, Sixth Edition. Training may be from either the Bureau or an approved vendor. The Bureau will not be offering AMA GuidesTM training in 2022. Physicians seeking appointments to either the MIR or CPP Registries must provide proof of certification issued by an approved vendor.
6thEdition.com: is a web-based annual subscription service. It is the only Bureau-approved training that is 100% online. The presentations are given by Christopher R. Brigham, MD, Senior Contributing Editor to the Sixth Edition. The subscription offers access to training, articles, calculators, forms and other resources to address the most commonly rated conditions.
The International Academy of Independent Medical Evaluators (IAIME): Founded in 1986, the IAIME offers periodic training conferences throughout the country in the AMA GuidesTM to the Evaluation of Permanent Impairment, Sixth Edition. IAIME is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
American Board of Independent Evaluators (ABIME): Founded in 1993, ABIME was created to establish and maintain standards of conduct and performance among independent medical examiners. ABIME periodically offers weekend training conferences throughout the country in the AMA GuidesTM to the Evaluation of Permanent Impairment, Sixth Edition. Continuing medical education credits are available.
Do I Need to Take a Test in the AMA Guides?
A Certificate of Training Completion issued by either the Bureau or one of its approved vendors meets the Administrator’s requirement for an “approved training course” pursuant to TN Rules and Regulations 0800-2-20-.04 (1)(c) and 0800-2-33-.04 (1)(c) for AMA Guides training events completed from July 1, 2005, through December 31, 2022. Physicians who complete AMA Guides training on or after January 1, 2023 must additionally be tested and certified (CICE™, CIME™, CMLE™, CIR™) by the approved vendor to meet the Administrator’s requirement.
For more information, please contact Jay.Blaisdell@tn.gov.