By: Disability Group
Social Security Administration has established regulations pertaining to what types of medical providers can give opinions and provide evidence regarding an individual’s conditions and functional limitations. Normally, evidence from chiropractors, nurses, and physical therapists will not be given considerable weight because these professions are not considered “acceptable medical sources” by Social Security.
Who qualifies as an “Acceptable Medical Source?”
- Licensed physicians
- Licensed or certified psychologists
- Licensed optometrists
- Licensed podiatrists
- Qualified speech-language pathologists.
What if I have evidence that is not from an “Acceptable Medical Source?”
Social Security will consider evidence from other sources when evaluating the strength your claim. These other sources may include:
- Licensed clinical social workers
- Nurse practitioners
- Physician assistants
Can I present evidence from non-medical sources?
Yes. Non medical sources such as educational personnel, employers and family caregivers may also be considered.
It is important to note that although Social Security will accept evidence as it pertains to your disability from a variety of sources, the existence of the condition must be established by an “acceptable medical source.” Once this has been done, the other sources may provide evidence regarding the functional limitations and the severity of the condition.