Not all Medical Professionals Meet Requirements for Social Security Disability or SSI Eligibility

When you apply for Social Security Disability benefits (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI), it is important that you have proper medical records to prove that you are disabled. Most likely, you have been to numerous medical and health practitioners in your attempt to regain your health.  However, it is important to seek medical help from professionals that the Social Security Administration deems qualified.

The Social Security Administration has recently updated who they consider acceptable medical sources (AMSs), they are the following:

  • Licensed physicians (medical or osteopathic doctors).
  • Licensed or certified psychologists at the independent practice level.
  • School psychologists, or other licensed or certified individuals with other titles who perform the same function as a school psychologist in a school setting, are AMSs for impairments of intellectual disability, learning disabilities, and borderline intellectual functioning only.
  • Licensed optometrists for impairments of visual disorders, or measurement of visual acuity and visual fields only, depending on the scope of practice in the State in which the optometrist practices.
  • Licensed podiatrists for impairments of the foot, or foot and ankle only, depending on whether the State in which the podiatrist practices permits the practice of podiatry on the foot only, or the foot and ankle.
  • Qualified speech-language pathologists (SLPs) for speech or language impairments only. For this source, “qualified” means that the SLP must be licensed by the State professional licensing agency, or be fully certified by the State education agency in the State that he or she practices, or hold a Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language-Pathology from the American Speech-Language Hearing Association.
  • In claims with a filing date on or after March 27, 2017, licensed physician assistants for impairments within the licensed scope of practice only.
  • In claims with a filing date on or after March 27, 2017, licensed audiologists for impairments of hearing loss, auditory processing disorders, and balance disorders within the licensed scope of practice only. NOTE: Audiologists’ scope of practice generally includes evaluation, examination, and treatment of certain balance impairments that result from the audio-vestibular system. However, some impairments involving balance involve several different body systems that are outside the scope of practice for audiologists, such as those involving muscles, bones, joints, vision, nerves, heart and blood vessels.
  • In claims with a filing date on or after March 27, 2017, licensed Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRN), also known in some States as Advanced Practice Nurse (APN), and Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner (ARNP) for impairments within his or her licensed scope of practice.

There are four types of APRNs with a handful of State variations:

  1. Certified Nurse Midwife (CNM);
  2. Nurse Practitioner (NP);
  3. Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA); and
  4. Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS).

If you are getting relief from a health professional that is not on this list, I encourage you to continue working with them. However, for the purposes of SSDI and SSI, you must get help and documentation from one of the medical professionals listed above.

Winning a case for SSDI and SSI is not easy. Most people apply and are denied initially.  If you would like to improve your odds of being approved, I encourage you to seek the help of a qualified Social Security Disability Lawyer. To speak with a qualified Fairfax Virginia Social Security Disability lawyer, contact The Law Office of Sheri R. Abrams at (571) 328-5795 to schedule an appointment.