FAQs About webFCE’s Functional Capacity Evaluation (FCE) Software

  • 1. Do you provide certification for your functional capacity evaluation (FCE) software?

    Yes, we offer a certification examination to test your skills in performing an FCE as well as using the webFCE software.

  • 2. Does my practice need specialized training to use the webFCE application?

    We do recommend it if you have never performed an FCE test before, but it’s minimal.

  • 3. How do you calculate the results for a functional capacity evaluation (FCE)?

    There are hundreds of algorithms behind each individual webFCE test that are automatically calculated, thus giving you much more time for your clinical analysis and decision-making conclusions.

  • 4. Is the webFCE functional capacity evaluation (FCE) report valid?

    Yes. The FCE software is based on peer-reviewed research (DOT-RFC) and has been shown to demonstrate face/content validity, construct validity, content validity, and overall reliability. webFCE’s reports are accepted in all legal proceedings.

  • 5. How do you keep up with current research regarding functional capacity evaluations (FCEs)?

    We regularly examine new peer-reviewed literature on functional capacity evaluations to make sure we remain on the cutting edge of the latest standards for FCEs.

  • 6. What tests does the webFCE functional capacity evaluation (FCE) application include?

    Lifting, carrying, pushing, pulling, sitting, standing, walking, balance, stair climbing, stooping, kneeling, crouching, crawling, reaching, fine and gross motor testing, sensory, submaximal cardiorespiratory testing, consistency of effort testing, heart rate testing, full-time work tolerance, and outcome questionnaire testing.

  • 7. Have functional capacity evaluation (FCE) tests been used in legal cases?

    Functional capacity evaluations have been used in court and webFCE reports will hold up to any legal issues encountered.

  • 8. Can I make changes to my functional capacity evaluation (FCE) report?

    Yes, you can make changes at any time while creating your report, even after it has been initially saved.

  • 9. Does insurance/Medicare accept results from the webFCE application?

    Yes, all insurances will accept the CPT code 97750.

  • 10. What types of equipment do I need to perform your functional capacity evaluation (FCE)?

    Almost all of the equipment required to perform the webFCE functional capacity evaluation is found in a standard
    physical therapy clinic. If you are not affiliated with one, the equipment can be purchased at a minimal cost compared
    to other FCE software.

  • 11. How much space is required to perform the functional capacity evaluation (FCE)?

    An FCE does not require much space at all to perform. A 10 by 10-foot room is ample space.

  • 12. Can the functional capacity evaluation (FCE) be mobile?

    You can easily transport all FCE equipment, including a laptop computer and a push-pull sled.

  • 13. Do I need to become certified to use your functional capacity evaluation (FCE)?

    Certification increases your credibility to employers and insurance carriers. webFCE offers free certification and
    examination. However, while we recommend getting certified, we do not require certification to use the software.

  • 14. Should I have the client sign a letter of consent before proceeding with the functional capacity
    evaluation (FCE)?

    Yes. By reviewing and signing the consent form, clients gain a better understanding of the FCE process. The consent
    also covers the examiner for any situations that may arise during the test.

  • 15. Can the functional capacity evaluation (FCE) be tailored to meet the patient’s particular situation
    or circumstances?

    There is a core format to the FCE. However, the procedure and results are very flexible and can be customized to meet
    the needs of your client, insurance carrier, and workplace.

  • 16. How long does the functional capacity evaluation (FCE) take to complete?

    When the client performs a complete FCE, it can take anywhere from 2 to 6 hours to complete. Total time spent will
    depend on the individual’s injury, capabilities, pain levels, impairments, etc.

  • 17. Is the functional capacity evaluation (FCE) easy to perform/complete?

    The FCE is very easy to perform. All measurements taken are standard procedures performed by a clinician on a regular
    basis. Each work task is clearly illustrated and outlined so that the clinician can easily refer to them while
    conducting the test.

  • 18. When should a functional capacity evaluation (FCE) be performed?

    There are a number of situations when an FCE should be performed, such as: When a return to work capability is
    requested by the client’s workplace and/or insurance carrier, after the client’s rehabilitation has concluded to
    measure the client’s progress during their rehabilitation, or to determine a client’s general functional capacity such
    as for a disability determination.

  • 19. When should a follow-up functional capacity evaluation (FCE) be performed?

    Generally speaking, a follow-up FCE can be performed after one year, but it may be indicated sooner if a change in
    function is noted.

  • 20. How many instructors do you need to perform the functional capacity evaluation (FCE)?

    Only one instructor is required to perform the FCE test.

  • 21. How much does your functional capacity evaluation (FCE) program cost?

    webFCE has several straightforward plans available for you to choose from, depending on your needs and budget. The
    cost per test is very low compared to other FCE vendors.

  • 22. What is the typical reimbursement for a functional capacity evaluation (FCE)?

    The typical reimbursement range for a functional capacity evaluation is $600 to $1,200 per test.

  • 23. Who can perform the functional capacity evaluation (FCE)?

    A variety of medical professionals can perform the FCE, including physical therapists, occupational therapists,
    physician assistants, and exercise physiologists. However, you should check with your state’s board for the specific
    requirements.

  • 24. How easy is it to create the functional capacity evaluation (FCE) report?

    It’s extremely easy. The bulk of the report generates automatically. However, there are many opportunities to
    customize your results and report and tailor it to the conditions and situations your client requires.

  • 25. In general, how many pages is the functional capacity evaluation (FCE) report?

    The FCE report averages around 25 pages. This includes a cover letter, table summary, all test procedures and scores,
    report summary, pain/outcome questionnaires, and references for each element of the test report.

  • 26. Does the functional capacity evaluation (FCE) report give a quick summarization of the findings and
    conclusions?

    Yes. There is usually a three-page summary section and a one-page summary table included in all reports.

  • 27. Can a functional capacity evaluation (FCE) be used for something other than a return-to-work
    determination?

    Yes. It can be used for disability determinations, pre-employment screening, estimating current functional abilities,
    job placement test, periodic screening, and fitness for duty testing.

  • 28. Do you need a physician’s referral to perform a functional capacity evaluation (FCE)?

    Usually not, but you should always check with your state and local rules and regulations. A physician referral,
    however, will often increase the odds of getting full reimbursement.

  • 29. Is the functional capacity evaluation (FCE) referenced and based on accepted,
    scientifically-established norms?

    All tests and procedures consist of standard accepted techniques in the medical arena. They are also all referenced.