The XRTS FCE Model

Job Ready Services 0364A Functional Capacity Evaluation is a comprehensive test to determine the physical abilities of an individual. Testing includes documentation of consistency of effort as well as recommendations for future work ability based on scientific fact versus subjective opinion.

Most FCE’s offer widely-used testing for consistency of effort, but recent research has shown that many tests are only 70% accurate in determining consistency of effort. Job Ready uses the XRTS (Cross-Reference Testing System) FCE. This model is proven to be up to 99.5% reliable in determining consistency of effort to allow for next step decisions for return to work and case closure.

The XRTS model has proven to be a highly legally defensible as compared to other FCE models. In one Ohio workers’ compensation case, an injured worker was asked to pay his medical and wage reimbursement payments back to the insurance carrier when the XRTS program showed his lack of effort in demonstrating his true physical capabilities. In contrast, individuals who have had further treatment denied and who had objectively given a fully consistent effort throughout testing have proof of the existence of an impairment that requires further intervention or fair compensation.

In a workers’ compensation claim, often an FCE is not ordered by the physician until the patient is at or near MMI (maximum medical improvement). In many cases, this is too late to improve the outcome of return to work. Studies show that the longer someone is out of work, the less likely they are to return.

When Should Someone Be Referred for an FCE?

In short, as soon as medically stable. Here’s why:

  • To return the injured worker to transitional (or even full) duty, as early and as safely as possible.
  • To identify appropriate rehab and treatment goals to promote return to work safely.
  • To identify any roadblocks that would impede patient’s progress and recovery early on such as: medical treatment plateaus, evidence of insincere effort, and/or prolonged absence from work.
  • To assist the physician who may be unsure of the patient’s abilities as they relate to the physical demands of their job.
  • To provide evidence of valid impairments requiring need for permanent restrictions to assist vocational services.

For more information about the XRTS FCE, contact us: or call our office: 919-256-1400.

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What Our Clients Have to Say About Us

“As a Nurse Case Manager, I find the work conditioning program at Job Ready Services to be the GOLD STANDARD. Excellent communication from the staff regarding progression or lack of progression of the injured worker is provided on a regular basis and this has led to great success with return to work or identification of injuries that will not allow them to return to their previous work assignment. The staff is trained in X-RTS methods for doing Functional Capacity Evaluations which is extremely helpful. Excellent staff, easy referral process, and great source of communication!”

– Vicki Hewitt-McNeil, NCM

“After eleven years of interpreting for workers’ comp, I have seen many facilities that treat injured people. I know the Doctors, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, and Work Conditioning Places that are part of the network for workers’ comp. With that knowledge I know where I would go if I were in need. The only place I would go for work conditioning is Job Ready Services, because I have not seen any place that offers the superior service that Job Ready Services offers. Vincent, the therapist in charge, is constantly observing the patients and watching that they use the correct posture, using the correct mechanics, and lifting the correct…”

– Arabela Olivares Coble

“We partnered with Job Ready Services in 2015 to establish the job analysis for all of our major jobs groups and implement Work Steps pre-employment testing at all of our locations.  This program has allowed us to improve a candidate’s chances of success by determining whether or not they can safely perform the essential functions of the position.  Over the past few years, we have realized a reduction in injuries and a significant decrease in our MOD rate.  We believe Job Ready Services has been a key component of our success as we strive to provide a safe and healthy working environment for the Coastal Crew.”

– Audrey J. Robbins-Bledsoe, SPHR, SHRM-SCP

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