From Disability ESP Newsletter , V10, Issue 1
By Loretta Crosby, Editor, Claims ESP Disability
Questions about this article? Please visit our new Claims ESP disability forum to ask them.
There are two types of medical
consultants that provide services to the Social Security Administration (SSA) through their state Disability
Determination Services (DDS) offices.
One group of Medical Consultants (MC) who
do “paper” assessments on your claim is housed internal to the state DDS offices, while the other group of
Consultative Examiners (CE) is made up of physicians, specialists and psychologists who conduct physical and
psychological examinations and maintain their practices external to the DDS offices.
In this month’s Claims ESP
newsletter, we attempt to clarify how each group of consultants is used by the SSA to assist Claims Examiners in
reaching an accurate decision on your disability claim.
The first part of the article gives a
general description of the terms Medical Consultant and Consultative Examiners which will be useful as a
prelude to the article. These descriptions are taken from the new eBook by this author which is entitled
Getting Social Security Disability: Your 9
Step Individual Action Plan.
(FYI—The 9 Steps 2 Disability Guide is
available at a 40% discount through 21 April via a special order link available exclusively for
Claims ESP newsletter members).
So let's get started...
Part 1...Medical Consultants vs. Consultative Examiners