Academy of Chiropractic Personal Injury & Primary Spine Care Program
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"Treating Doctor Status"
I have gotten numerous calls from the profession over the years asking how to handle a request from a lawyer to obtain treating doctor records when you never adjusted the patient and only did a P-IME or simply an evaluation. The good news is that most of you think like chiropractors; the bad news is that most of you think like chiropractors!
As an example, if a patient visits a neurosurgeon and the neurosurgeon deems surgery is not necessary, is the neurosurgeon a treating doctor? The answer is yes. In the eyes of the courts, any doctor that had an encounter with a patient is a treating doctor and we are no different. Regardless of whether or not you adjusted the patient, you are a treating doctor, as the encounter is the trigger for treating, not the adjustment. P-IME’s do give you treating doctor status in the eyes of the courts and you should be treated accordingly by the lawyers.