Hello and welcome to the final installment of my 3-part mini-series on the Social Security Disability consultative examination (CE). Part 1 is here and Part 2 is here. In this final post, I discuss what can you can expect at a CE and what kind of information that the CE will need to contain to substantiate your disability claim.
What type of information does the CE (consultative examination) need to contain in order to substantiate my claim for disability?
The CE is more or less a doctor’s appointment in which (typically) an independent medical examiner will conduct additional medical testing or assessment in order to help make your disability case file complete so that the SSA may be able to render a decision in your claim.What happens at the CE depends on what kind of testing (psychological, neurological, and so on) is required by the SSA. But since you have probably already had plenty of experience with doctors by this time, the CE shouldn’t necessarily hold any surprises.
In terms of information needed in the actual examination report, the following guideline is a comprehensive list of information needed to ensure that your claim is further processed without additional delay:
All medical history, physical examination, laboratory findings and diagnoses should be included. The report should be such that an independent reviewer is able to determine the nature, severity and duration of the impairment as well as the claimant’s ability to perform basic functions required in the simplest of jobs without requiring additional information. If the report is incomplete, the examiner will be contacted and a request to supplement the records and/or clarify will be made thus creating additional delay.
Well, I hope this covers everything you need to know about the CE. Feel free to share stories about your CE or ask additional questions about the consultative exam by leaving a comment below.
Jonathan Ginsberg represents Social Security disability claimants in Georgia. In practice for over 29 years, Jonathan publishes a widely known disability blog, a podcast and several disability web sites. In 2004, Jonathan published a "how to" book about Social Security disability called the Disability Answer Guide. Jonathan lives with his wife and 2 children in Atlanta.