2008 American Medical Association (AMA) Guides Task Force Recommendations

About

Iowa Workers’ Compensation Commissioner Christopher Godfrey convened a task force regarding the American Medical Association (AMA) Guides to the Evaluation of Permanent Impairment, Sixth Edition, in May 2008.

MEMBERS

The task force was comprised of eight voting members intended to represent a broad spectrum of the Iowa workers’ compensation community. Members were:

  • Donna Bahls, M.D., a physical medicine and rehabilitation specialist;
  • Matthew D. Dake, attorney-at-law who generally represents employees in workers' compensation matters;
  • Teresa Hillary, administrative law judge and former deputy workers' compensation commissioner;
  • John Kuhnlein, D.O., an occupational medicine specialist;
  • Marlin Mormann, administrative law judge and former deputy workers’ compensation commissioner;
  • R. Saffin Parrish-Sams, attorney-atlaw who generally represents employees in workers’ compensation matters;
  • Sara J. Sersland, attorney-at-law who generally represents employers and insurance carriers in workers’ compensation matters; and
  • Peter J. Thill, attorney-at-law who generally represents employers and insurance carriers in workers’ compensation matters.

Moderator

Helenjean M. Walleser, deputy workers’ compensation commissioner, served as task force moderator and was not a voting member.

TASK FORCE OBJECTIVES

A May 8, 2008, letter of invitation from the Commissioner to potential members set forth the task force objectives, namely:

  • Review the AMA Guides To the Evaluation of Permanent Impairment .
  • Overview methodology for determining permanent impairment in the Sixth Edition. , Sixth Edition.
  • Determine if impairment assignments under the Sixth Edition differ substantially from impairment assignments under previous editions of the Guides or from other impairment rating sources.

Task Force Process Report

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Reports of Task Force Members

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