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FCE tester doing research before testifying in a case

Legally Defensible Functional Capacity Evaluations

Aug 10, 2017


Concerned you may be called to testify based on the results of your FCE? Jim Mecham covers several topics you will want to know to make sure your results hold up in a court of law.

Shipping employee moving boxes to a truck

Latest Trends in Work Hardening/Conditioning

Apr 03, 2017


Do you know the difference between work hardening and work conditioning? Either way make sure to read Jim Mecham's recent blog post which discusses the latest trends in work hardening/conditioning.

Evaluator and patient having a discussion

Improve the Beginning to Improve the End of a Functional Capacity Evaluation

Jan 26, 2017

Vic Zuccarello, OTR/L, CEAS II


Vic Zuccarello, OTR/L, CEAS II, has posted a new blog post focusing on the Four Habits Model. A list of tips to use to improve the interview process of a functional capacity evaluation.

Consultant and lawyer shaking hands

FCE – Expert Witness Tips

Nov 01, 2016

Vic Zuccarello, OTR/L, CEAS II


Looking for tips on what to do if required to testify in a deposition? OccuPro's Vic Zuccarello, OTR/L, CEAS II, offers his advice on what to do in several situations!

Employee with severe back pain

The Beleaguered, Misunderstood Waddell’s Signs

Sep 08, 2016

Vic Zuccarello, OTR/L, CEAS II


Read Vic Zuccarello's article, "The Beleaguered, Misunderstood Waddell's Signs", which discusses Gordon Waddell's 5 categories of tests (Tenderness, Simulation, Distraction, Regional Disturbances, and Over-reaction).

Workers performing an on-site analysis

Have what it takes to be an Industrial Specialist?

Aug 11, 2016

Vic Zuccarello, OTR/L, CEAS II


Do you have what it takes to be an Industrial Specialist? Vic Zuccarello, OTR/L, CEAS II, Vice President of Research and Development discusses the misconceptions, truths, and challenges of this very question.

Warehouse employee lifting box at work

Functional Employment Testing Onboarding Done Right

Aug 01, 2016

Vic Zuccarello, OTR/L, CEAS II


Did you know employee turnover can be as much as 50% in the first 18 months of employment? Vic Zuccarello’s blog covers the easy, cost-effective, and legal solution — post offer employment testing!

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Under Scrutiny: The FCE Peer Review

Jun 14, 2016

Vic Zuccarello, OTR/L, CEAS II


Do you perform FCEs? While research tells us that none are completely valid and reliable, some are better than others. Read more to learn the components and fundamentals of FCE Peer Reviews.

Attorney discussing forms with clients

Defense and Plaintiff Expectations of FCE

Mar 17, 2016

Vic Zuccarello, OTR/L, CEAS II


What do attorneys look for in functional capacity evaluations? OccuPro's Vic Zuccarello, OTR/L, CEAS II, Vice President of Research and Development shares his knowledge on the topic!

Patient receiving physical therapy

What I've Learned In 30 Years of Industrial Rehab

Feb 22, 2016

Vic Zuccarello, OTR/L, CEAS II


How can an Industrial Rehab professional develop a fund of knowledge, build a successful practice, and reach a level of Mastery in the field? Vic Zuccarello, OTR/L, CEAS II, Vice President of Research and Development, would like to share some fundamental truths that he has noticed over the years.

Nuts and bolts

The Nuts and Bolts of Marketing Strategies

Aug 10, 2015

Cassy Ruffolo


Here is a list of seven marketing strategies and how they work or don't work in getting new worker's compensation patients in the door.

Functional Capacity Evaluation Software on a tablet

What do you need to consider when purchasing a FCE Software?

Jun 12, 2015


When deciding on purchasing functional capacity evaluation (FCE) software there are many pieces to take into consideration. I would suggest having a list of questions so you can compare and decide which FCE system would be best for your clinic.

Clinical and technical support staff

Is your FCE Software secure and future-proof?

May 22, 2015


Today most rehabilitation therapy practices utilize an EHR/EMR software package to assist running their practice, but only some will opt to implement a standalone dedicated FCE and/or POET software solution. If you are one of the prudent people who chose to purchase one of the latter solutions, then this post is for you.

Worker at on-site rehabilitation

The Industrial Athletic Trainer

May 08, 2015


What do an Athletic Trainer and an Industrial Rehab Program have in common? A lot more then you may think!

Group of people with different backgrounds and jobs

Worker's Compensation is a Specialty

Apr 17, 2015


As our industry of physical therapy looks to diversify it's patient population and payer mix, we often seek out to develop programs treating the "industrial athlete" or "injured worker" or simply the "work comp patient."

Employee with an on-site injury

Top 5 Work Related Injuries

Mar 13, 2015


In 2012 workplace injuries accounted for $60 billion in direct medical cost. Of this, ergonomic related injuries were 32.5% of this cost or a total direct medical cost of $20.4 billion dollars. Wow, $20.4 billion in ergonomic related injuries. Yes, billion with a B!

Warehouse employee placing a box on a shelf

Trends in Post Offer Employment Testing

Jun 24, 2014


Post offer employment testing has become very popular for companies worldwide. See what the latest trends are for POETs and learn about the tests you can provide to companies in your area.

Industrial rehab equipment

What equipment do I need to start my FCE test program?

May 07, 2013


Functional capacity evaluation equipment should be the least expensive aspect of putting in a FCE testing program. You do not need to spend thousands of dollars on FCE equipment when there are many very good and inexpensive options already on the open market.

Functional Capacity Evaluator Certification

How can I earn a Functional Capacity Evaluator Certification?

Feb 28, 2013


Becoming a Certified Functional Capacity Evaluator will provide increased recognition as an expert in the field of functional capacity evaluations. How do you become a Certified Functional Capacity Evaluator?

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