Monday, February 14, 2005

Social Security will send its exam reports to your doctor

Many who apply for Social Security disability benefits are examined by Social Security doctors. Often these applicants would like copies of the government medical examination reports to be sent to their personal doctors. Social Security Administration (SSA) policies permit this.

The disability determination services (DDS) appointment notice that you receive when the government schedules exams will normally explain that a copy of the report will be sent to the treating doctor if you (the applicant) request it.

If the claim was decided a long time ago, the request may be made to the Social Security office where the claim was filed.

We have listed below some SSA Program Operations Manual System (POMS) sections that describe the policy, and short extracts from pertinent text.

DI 22510.016 . . . After the examination or test is completed, we will be glad to send a copy of the report to your treating source if you give your permission.

DI 22510.020 . . . With the claimant's permission, or where the examination discloses new diagnostic information or test results which reveal potentially life-threatening situations, refer the CE report to the claimant's treating source. Notify the claimant if the CE report is referred to the treating source without the claimant's permission.

DI 22510.065 . . . With or without the claimant's permission, when the CE discloses new diagnostic information or test results that reveal potentially life-threatening situations, send a copy of the CE report to the claimant's treating source.

DI 30510.055 . . . The DDS should institute procedures which provide for prompt identification and referral of consultative examination reports to attending physicians where the examination turns up diagnostic information or test results which would be of significance in the claimant's or beneficiary's treatment. Referral to the claimant's treating source is particularly important where the information reveals a previously undiagnosed condition that may require immediate treatment.

The full text of the first three references may be found at:!openview&restricttocategory=04225

The full text of the fourth reference may be found at:!openview&restricttocategory=04305

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