Recently, The Social Security Administration released a 2008 study of consultative medical examinations performed by a contractor. Many disability claimants are sent to these exams conducted at Social Security’s expense. Here are a few findings from the study:
The common deficiencies noted included: an inadequate history of present illness(es), failure to note medications or medication dosages, an absent or incomplete review of systems, omissions of important details of the physical findings, most commonly involving the musculoskeletal or neurological body systems, and an absent or qualitative medical source statement (MSS).
Medical evidence of record (MER) was often not forwarded to CE providers.