I'm not exactly sure what your question is, but if you are asking whether the insurance company can send you for an ime before authorizing the surgery, the answer is yes. If that is not the question you asked, feel free to send me an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Carrier generally has the right to have you evaluated for a second opinion.
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They haven't denied it- they want a second opinion, an "IME". Do you have an attorney? I'm sure he would tell you to cooperate. If you do, you should have this exchange with him or her.
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Let them get their second opinion. If they deny the surgery after that, you could file a hearing request to have the Judge determine if the surgery is necessary and order them to pay for it. However, you really need an attorney to help you with this and walk you through the process. Especially if disputes are arising as to treatment. Anything you say to the doctors is being taken down to be used against you potentially, so you need guidance.
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Get your own IME, file a hearing request, and hopefully, the judge will grant you your surgery (assuming the IME doctor agrees with your treating doctor).
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