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Actions Needed by SSA to Ensure Disability Medical Consultants Are Properly Screened and Trained GAO-22-103815

(Source: U.S. Government Accountability Office)

The Social Security Administration pays benefits to eligible people who are unable to work due to disability. State agencies review claims for disability benefits, and use “consultants” (physicians) to determine if claimants are medically eligible.

SSA requires state agencies to ensure consultants meet its employment and training standards. While most states we surveyed reported meeting the requirements, several did not. As a result, SSA risks using consultants who are ineligible or not fully trained.

We recommended that SSA take further steps, such as periodic reminders for states, to ensure states properly screen and train consultants. (Continue reading here…)
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