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616.1 When do you need a consultative examination?
We may require a consultative examination in situations including, but not limited to, the following:
To gather more evidence because the evidence obtained is not enough to make a disability determination;
To obtain more detailed medical findings about the your impairment(s);
To obtain technical or specialized medical information;
To resolve conflicts or differences in medical findings in the evidence already in file; or
To resolve the issue of your ability to do substantial gainful activity.
Consultative examinations are at our expense.
616.2 Who administers the consultative examination?
Your treating source will be the preferred source to perform the consultative examination. However, we may use a medical source other than your treating source in certain situations. In some situations, we pay travel expenses relating to a medical examination required in connection with a disability determination.
616.3 What happens if you refuse a consultative examination?
If you refuse a consultative examination without good cause, we make a decision based only on the evidence in your file.
Last Revised: Jan. 30, 2006
- Evidence of Disability
- Independent Determinations Under the Social Security Act
- Disability Hearing
- When does disability end?
- Evaluation Considering Age, Education, and Work Experience
- ALJ Actions
- Medical Evidence of Incapability
- Hearing by an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ)
- Medical and Other Evidence
- Can wages be credited to your record even if you cannot obtain any evidence of wages?
- Purposes of Social Security
- Evidence of Ceremonial Marriage
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