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Is an FCE the same thing as the RFC evaluation done by Social Security Disability?



 
No, not really. This is how wikiedia defines FCE: "A functional capacity evaluation (FCE) is set of tests, practices and observations that are combined to determine the ability of the evaluated to function in a variety of circumstances, most often employment, in an objective manner."

You can tell from the description that the assessment is based on results obtained. An RFC rating is done by a disability examiner, the doctor assigned to that examiner's case processing unit, or an administrative law judge and it is done solely by a review of the medical records available to them. So, nothing has been done to actually assess anything; it is just a rating based on a reading of the medical records.

When SSA sends a person to a consultative medical examination,they get a report of the doctor's findings of the exam and in cases where this type of exam was ordered, the RFC assessment made by the examiner, the examiner's medical consultant,or a judge, may incorporate the findings of the doctor who did the consultative exam (CE), but that's still just a matter of reading the medical records, which the CE is now a part of.

Here's the really big difference: An FCE is a report of an evaluation by the same individual who actually did the evaluation. An RFC writeup is done by someone who examined the person, and probably never even met them.








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