Welcome to the

Law Office of Daniel Berger

Revisions to Rules Regarding the Evaluation of Medical Evidence for Social Security Disability

Published on June 7th, 2018

In 2017 the Social Security Administration rules were revised, making changes to how medical information is used in evaluating disability claims. These rules specifically effected how Administrative Law Judges are required to evaluate medical evidence that has been submitted in support of Social Security disability claims.

Medical Evidence Rules Revisions

Will the Medical Evidence Evaluation Changes Affect My Claim?

Submitting medical evidence is a very important part of the SSDI claims process. In fact, the SSA states that this type of evidence is “the cornerstone of the disability determination” process. Whether you are filing a claim on your own or with the help of an advocate, the new rules may have an effect on your claim. If you filed a claim after March 27, 2017, you can expect the changes to affect you in a number of different ways, including:

1. Special Weight is No Longer Given to Medical Opinion

Typically, medical information provided with your claim includes professional medical opinions provided by your physician, psychiatrists or other medical specialists. Historically, more weight was given to these medical opinions. But under the new rules, no special weight will be given to the source of the opinion and reviewers must focus only on the substance.

2. Special Weight is No Longer Given to Decisions Made by Other Government Agencies

The changes to the medical evidence evaluation also removed the ability to consider previous disability decisions that may have been made by other government agencies. For example, VA disability ratings are not to be given special consideration when evaluating any medical information provided and making a decision on individuals SSDI eligibility.

3. Acceptable Medical Sources Expanded

The SSA rules were also changed to allow for new Acceptable Medical Sources (AMS) that can be used in evaluating eligibility, including:

· Physicians Assistants

· Advance Practice Registered Nurses

· Licensed Audiologists and Optometrists

However, Registered Nurses, Chiropractors and Licensed Clinical Social Workers were not included. If you need help understanding the SSA rules, London Disability can help. Contact us today for more information.


Back to Blog

Contact us Today!

Call toll free 1-855-444-7024

or

Free Case Evaluation

Our Testimonials

Testimonial by Carlos Torres

"El proceso que yo tuve con el abogado Daniel Berger y su officina fue muy excelente.

Me gusto come el abogado Berger me ayudo el dia del audencia con el juez. Sus secratarias fueron muy amables y me ayudaron mucho con mi caso. Yo recomendo mucho a el abogado Daniel Berger."

– Carlos Torres
Testimonial by A.Y. Disla

"I was extremely satisfied with Mr. Daniel Berger and his staff.

Mr. Berger was great in the hearing and how he handled my case. I am really thankful for all the hard work. Mr. Berger and his staff did and for winning my case."

– A.Y. Disla
Testimonial by Lilliam Rivera-Reyes

"I had a very challenging case; another attorney took my case and to my surprise sent me a letter dropping my case. I was very down and did not think I had a chance, until I met Mr. Berger and his staff.

Their professionalism and hospitality was very warm and inviting. They took my case on as a challenge and gave me a hope. I am very thankful for his professionalism and for winning my case. I will never forget him and will recommend him to my friends and family."

– Lilliam Rivera-Reyes