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Social Security Disability Medical Evaluation Form, Can A Doctor Be Forced to Complete One?

Social Security disability examiners and Administrative Law Judges have to have relevant medical evidence (i.e. licensed or certified physicians, psychiatrists, psychologists, speech pathologists, etc.) to make their disability determinations.

The Social Security administration does pay medical providers (hospitals, doctor's offices) a fee for copying the records but providing medical evidence for Social Security is strictly voluntary. Social Security can only request medical evidence from an individualís treating physicians; they cannot demand any kind of medical evidence from a medical provider.

Sometimes, disability applicants who appeal their disability denial need to have a medical evaluation form completed by their treating physician to improve their chances of being approved for disability benefits. Very often, their Social Security representative (a disability lawyer or a non-attorney representative) will try to obtain a medical evaluation from known as a physical residual functional capacity form, or a mental residual functional capacity form, in order to present an individualís disability claim more favorably to an Administrative Law Judge at an SSA hearing office.

Social Security does give weight to medical statements, or disability forms, if they give a diagnosis, prognosis, objective medical information, response to treatment, and an opinion as to a patient's ability to work at a substantial gainful activity level (SGA is a monthly earnings amount that Social Security considers to be self supporting). For this reason, getting a medical disability evaluation form from a doctor can be a great help to a disability claim.

Unfortunately, it is often difficult to get the doctor to complete a disability medical evaluation form or submit a written statement even if they have treated the disability applicant for years.

Sometimes, they refuse on the grounds that they do not have time to complete the paperwork, or they charge a high fee to complete them. Since there is no way for Social Security to force doctors or medical professionals to complete such forms, it is strictly up to the individualís doctor as to what they are willing to do to help their patient win benefits from Social Security.

Return to:  Social Security Disability Resource Center, or read answers to Questions

Related pages:

Social Security Disability Medical Evaluation Form, Can A Doctor Be Forced to Complete One?
Disability Attorneys- Will they do your forms for you?
What to do (forms to complete) if you receive a Denial on a Social Security Disability or SSI Case
How does a Medical Source Statement (RFC Form) help win a Social Security Disability or SSI Claim?
What Forms will I need to Complete when I apply for disability?

Information on the following topics can be found here: Social Security Disability Questions and in these subsections:

Frequently asked questions about getting Denied for Disability Benefits | FAQ on Disability Claim Representation | Info about Social Security Disability Approvals and Being Approved | FAQ on Social Security Disability SSI decisions | The SSD SSI Decision Process and what gets taken into consideration | Disability hearings before Judges | Medical exams for disability claims | Applying for Disability in various states | Selecting and hiring Disability Lawyers | Applying for Disability in North Carolina | Recent articles and answers to questions about SSD and SSI

These pages answer some of the most basic questions for individuals who are considering filing a claim.

Filing for disability - How to file for SSD or SSI and the Information that is needed by Social Security
How to Apply for Disability - What medical conditions can you apply and qualify for?
Applying for Disability - How long does it take to get Social Security Disability or SSI benefits?
What happens if I file a disability application and it is denied by a disability examiner or Judge?
How to Prove you are disabled and qualify to win disability benefits
How do you prove your disability case if you have a mental condition or impairment?
Social Security Disability Back pay and How Long it Takes to Qualify for it and receive it
Social Security Disability SSI - Eligibility Requirements and Qualifications Criteria