The DIA's Impartial Physician Program

The program began in order to prevent the submission of medical reports favorable to the side that hired the doctors who wrote them.

In 1991, the Massachusetts Legislature acted to eliminate the "dueling doctor" problem. Medical reports submitted to the DIA often favored the position of the side that hired the physicians who wrote them. As Massachusetts' law requires judges to base their decisions in medical matters on the strength of the medical evidence in the record, medical reports at the time were voluminous, and the litigation process was viewed as inefficient, time consuming, and expensive.

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