Qualified Medical Evaluations (QMEs) and Agreed Medical Evaluations (AMEs)
Dr. Ernst routinely conducts QME and AME evaluations in the California Workers Compensation System. In such evaluations, he provides an opinion of whether an applicant has developed a psychological condition, whether the psychological condition was caused predominantly or substantially by the actual events of employment, the degree of psychological impairment that exists, and the extent to which treatment could improve psychological functioning. Dr. Ernst’s QME and AME evaluations are informed by a thorough understanding of the impact of chronic pain and trauma on psychological functioning and work capacity. He is adept at identifying examinees who are engaging in malingering, and able to distinguish malingering individuals from those whose symptoms may erroneously appear exaggerated due to a psychosomatic disorder. Dr. Ernst has completed over 100 QME and AME evaluations over the course of his career, and was selected as a subject matter expert for the QME pre-test panel.
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