The Role of the Health Professional
Health professionals are vital to disability determinations. They assist in many ways:
- As treating sources or other medical sources who provide medical evidence on behalf of their patients;
- As CE sources who perform examinations and/or tests (for a fee);
- As full-time or part-time medical or psychological consultants who review claims in a DDS, in one of SSA's regional offices, or in SSA central office; or
- As medical experts who testify at administrative law judge hearings or answer written questions from the administrative law judge.