Consultative Exams

Many people refer to a CE as a Social Security medical exam.

When you apply for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits you may receive a letter in the mail informing you that you have an appointment for a consultative examination (CE). Many people refer to a CE as a Social Security medical exam.

When the disability examiner is reviewing your medical records, he/she might require you to attend a CE if your medical records are incomplete, out of date, or if they do not address all of the impairments listed on your disability application. The purpose of a CE is not to provide medical treatment; the purpose of a CE is to provide an updated medical record for your disability. The doctor (or psychiatrist or psychologist) who performs the exam is not an employee of the Social Security Administration (SSA) or Disability Determination Services (DDS); however, they are contracted by the SSA to perform these exams.

It is common for a consultative exam to be very brief and for the doctor who is conducting the exam to be very short with you and in some cases the doctors seem rude. The fact is that these doctors do many consultative exams for the Social Security Administration, and they know exactly what the Social Security Administration is expecting from them, and they want to do the exam and be done with it as soon as they can. Many of the doctors that are used to performing consultative exams are in a private practice and they have their own patients. Sometimes these doctors do not give much priority or time to the “social security patients” that they are asked to examine.

If you are scheduled for a CE, make sure you go. Failure to attend your CE will slow down the processing of your case and can potentially result in a denial of your case. If you are not able to make your scheduled appointment, let your disability examiner or the hearing office know that you’re not able to make it. It does not look good if you just decide not to show up to your appointment without letting anyone know.

At Jorgensen Law, we have helped thousands of people just like you with their disability cases. Let us help you win your disability claim. We don’t quit until all avenues for success have been pursued. Due to our continued efforts through all stages of the process, we have successfully obtained an award of benefits for approximately 90 percent of our clients.

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