Functional Capacity Evaluation (FCE)

Functional Capacity Evaluation (FCE) Services

Comprehensive FCE

This is a completely mobile, comprehensive evaluation for persons with limiting health conditions or physical disabilities. This FCE substantiates work restrictions for job search, disability benefits eligibility, or other rehab planning issues. This service may be accessed directly by counselors without the need for a referral or physician’s prescription. This service includes the following standardized components:

  • Review of past job performance barriers, medical history/records, and lifestyle issues.
  • Neuromusculoskeletal exam for underlying physical impairments that may limit function.
  • Physical capacity tests (e.g., keyboarding speed, finger dexterity, manual dexterity, near/far vision, push/pull strength, agility, aerobic capacity, posture tolerances, and materials handling abilities)
  • WorkAbility Summary addressing exam validity (consistency of performance), limiting physical health conditions, suitability for specific occupations, recovery status, medical management needs, and functional work restrictions.

Comprehensive FCE Plus Impairment

A review of FCE findings by WorkAbility Physician may be added to the usual scope of a Comprehensive FCE to determine an impairment rating based on application of a specified edition of the AMA Guides to the Evaluation of Permanent Impairment.

Ergonomic FCE

This completely mobile Ergonomic FCE is administered at the job-site to facilitate an interactive process between the worker and employer deficits to resolve worker performance difficulties. This FCE includes a WorkerFIT job analysis, job-relevant WorkAbility FCE tests, and identification of job modification options to improve worker safety and productivity.

Limited FCE

This is a limited functional capacity evaluation that is useful as a follow-up or in conjunction with a recent Independent Medical Evaluation (IME). Its primary purpose is to further clarify physical work restrictions or to justify the need for mobility devices.

Limited Vocational Screen(LVS)

The Limited Vocational Screen is an add-on supplement to our completely mobile Comprehensive FCE. It addresses transferable skills, interfering life problems, employment barriers, suitable occupations/training options, and possible accommodations that may be needed. This state-wide service is appropriate for consumers who report multiple functional limitations and barriers to work – including unclear or unrealistic employment goals. Combining the LVS with a Comprehensive FCE reduces the need for multiple appointments and report contradictions between providers that contribute to delays in services. Standardized components that are usually included in this service include:

  • Wide Range Achievement Test (11-60G)
  • SATA reading comprehension (11-61J)
  • Wonderlic Personnel Test of General Cognitive Functioning (11-610)
  • Vocational Preference Inventory which also provides insight into “vocational personality” (11-68G)
  • Personal Problems Checklist (11-67R) to screen for life-interfering problems
  • Psychological review of all reports (11-69S)
  • Psychologist interview (11-639), vocational projections (11-640), and report (11-696).
  • Multidisciplinary collaboration between the FCE examiner, physician reviewer, and psychologist.

Expert Testimony

Rick Wickstrom, PT, DPT, CPE, CDMS may be consulted on litigation cases that require expert testimony on matters that relate to extent of physical disability, ergonomic job demands, and job accommodation.