Changes to Acceptable Medical Sources in Disability Cases

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Recent policy changes affected key parts of the Social Security Disability Insurance program. One of the biggest changes involves disability claimants’ medical treatment. Medical evidence and professional opinions about your disability are key to getting the benefits you need. In the past, the only “acceptable medical sources” were medical doctors. However, this is no longer the case. We at Summit Disability Law Group want you to know as much about the disability claims process as possible. So, this post explains these recent changes.

These changes take effect on March 27th, 2017. If you have questions about the disability claims process, please contact us today!

What are Acceptable Medical Sources?

Medical documents and a proper diagnosis are huge parts of a disability case. Previously, the Social Security Administration only accepted evidence from medical doctors. However, new 2017 changes expand the number of acceptable medical sources. These sources now include the following professionals.

  • Certified Nurse Midwives
  • Nurse Practitioners
  • Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists
  • Clinical Nurse Specialists
  • Physician Assistants
  • Audiologists

If any of these professionals treat your disability, they can provide evidence in your disability case.

Other Important Changes: The “Treating Physician” Rule

This change in sources is important, but there are more changes to medical evidence in disability cases. One of the most important of these changes is the removal of the “treating source” rule.

In the past, the SSA gave the most consideration to your personal doctor’s opinions about your disability. However, they will now give equal consideration to the findings of their own, government-employed doctors. This could make winning a disability case much harder.

An Experienced Disability Lawyer Can Help You

While some of these changes may help disability claimants, some may make the claims process much harder. Since the process is already complicated, it is important to get all the help you can. Hiring a disability lawyer is the best decision you can make if you are serious about winning your case. The experienced attorneys at Summit Disability Law Group know how to help you.

If you want to learn more about disability law, check out our free book, The Utah Social Security Disability HandbookYou can order your free copy by clicking on the title above! You can also schedule a free initial consultation by contacting us today or filling out the free consultation form on this page.

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