The Functional Capacity Evaluation: Reasonable and Necessary
Editors note: This is the second post in a series about The Functional Capacity Evaluation. Click here to see part 1: Efficiency and Use.
Altruistically, the FCE is a tool for treating doctors to assist in their assessment of a patient’s functional ability/limitation at the conclusion of curative medical treatment. The test must be ordered by the treating doctor and only when the doctor reasonably and objectively believes the Petitioner may have some limitation in the patient’s working ability going forward. At present there are no guidelines for ethical use of the FCE.
N.J.S.A. 34:15-15 – the employer shall furnish such medical, surgical or other treatment as shall be necessary to cure and relieve the worker of the effects of the injury and to restore the functions of the injured member or organ where restoration is possible.
Where does an FCE fit into this provision? It is clear the employer would not have to provide an FCE.