Functional Capacity Evaluation
Functional capacity testing uses the ERGOS work simulator to determine an employee's potential for returning to gainful employment. The Functional Capacity Evaluation (FCE) objectively measures an injured employee's capability, not disability, by identifying safe performance capabilities and comparing them to the job requirements detailed in the job description.
Comprehensive evaluations can be a very effective work injury, medical management and disability management tool. Billings Clinic Occupational Health uses aspects of the Matheson "best practice" approach which is continually improved by incorporating new research into the training curriculum and software.
Priorities of the Functional Capacity Evaluation
- Patient safety
Benefits of Functional Capacity Evaluation
- Timely impairment ratings and return to work
- Reduction of work-related injuries
- Establishment of baseline levels of functional capacity for each worker to enhance rehabilitation and reduce disability costs
- Reduction in workers compensation cost
- From 2-8 hours (determined by extent of injury, job responsibilities, functional abilities of the person being tested)
Who Should be Referred?
- Individuals who have reached maximum medical improvement and are awaiting impairment rating and case closure.
- Individuals who need their function quantified prior to vocational job search and return to work.
- Individuals who have long standing cases that for various reasons have not had resolution.
- Individuals who have a history of subjective complaints without objective findings.