QME location problem and 34(b) (California)

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QME location problem and 34(b) (California)

Postby jobmdpsych on Tue Oct 20, 2009 8:49 pm

In demand QME schedules appointments at a second office 3-6 months in advance. This is rented from an executive suite company. QME has only three offices, very distant from each other, so this is not a bait and switch.

Everything is fine until landlord at that location notifies intent to vacate lease. New owner plans to use entire property and does not intend to sublease and QME has to forfeit location through no fault of his/her own.

QME finds nearby alternate location, but does not want to be in violation of 34b:

(b) The QME shall schedule an appointment for a comprehensive medical-legal examination
which shall be conducted only at the medical office listed on the panel selection form.

This QME is still 40 days in advance of any appointments that need to be conducted at alternate location.

There are provisions for canceling and rescheduling in the QME regs, which is an administrative nightmare. I could not find any provision that deals with this situation in a reasonable and practical manner. (not surprising considering the less than stellar performance of the QME regs. committee)

It seems that the only compliant option is for QME to cancel and resched to new address on the same day. If you disagree, please explain why and cite relevant citations. QME needs definitive answers not speculative opinions.
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