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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.


Case managers, physicians, state agencies, insurance companies, attorneys, or private payers can obtain an appointment by calling Billings Clinic Occupational Health. 406-247-6200 or 1-800-252-1246.

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
  • Reliability
  • Validity
  • Practicality
  • Utility

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

Time Requirement

"I have found the FCE program to be very thorough and timely. The expertise with which the FCEs are done is second to none. The reports are clear, concise and easy to read. Keep up the outstanding work." Dave Lundin, RN, BSN

  • 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.

Related Information

Monday - Friday
8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

To learn how Occupational Health can benefit your business, call 406-247-6200 or 1-800-252-1246.

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