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Common Sense Changes In Social Security

Although many of us receive our primary medical care from a nurse practitioner or physician assistant, the Social Security Administration (SSA) would not accept their opinions when reviewing their patients’ SSDI or SSI claims. So even though the PA or CRNP probably saw the patient more often than the doctor, a patient who filed for disability would have to seek an opinion from a doctor. Understandably, doctors were sometimes reluctant to offer such opinions since they haven’t been personally treating the client and observing the changes in the patient’s condition. This put disability claimants in a difficult position since they could not receive benefits without medical support for their claim.

SSA Updates Mean Good News For Disabled Clients

Thankfully, the SSA has changed its rules to reflect the reality of modern medical treatment. Nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and audiologists are now considered to be acceptable medical sources within their licensed scope of practice. SSA also changed their definition of “medical opinion” so the focus is now on the claimant’s functional abilities and limitations, as opposed to diagnosis. Hopefully, these common sense changes will allow everyone involved with disability claims to focus on the merits of the claim as opposed to the prerequisites necessary to entertain a treatment provider’s statements.

Contact Murphy, Butterfield & Holland, P.C., For The Help You Need With The SSA

Navigating through the SSA system can be difficult on your own. Many initial applications are typically denied. Because our team is highly experienced, we can assist you through the system. We will guide you and help you understand what to expect every step of the way.  Call our office in Williamsport at 570-326-6505 or send us an email to speak to our experienced team.