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SSA RIN: 0960-AH51 Publication ID: Spring 2016 
Title: Medical Sources (3787P) 
Abstract:

We are proposing several revisions to our medical evidence rules. The proposals include redefining several key terms related to evidence, explaining what is and is not evidence, revising our list of acceptable medical sources (AMS), revising how we consider and articulate our consideration of medical opinions and prior administrative medical findings, revising who can be a medical consultant (MC) and psychological consultant (PC), revising our rules about treating sources, and reorganizing our evidence regulations for ease of use. These proposed revisions conform with the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 (BBA), reflect changes in the national healthcare workforce and in the manner that individuals receive primary medical care, simplify and reorganize our rules to make them easier to understand and apply, allow us to continue to make accurate and consistent decisions, and emphasize the need for objective medical evidence in disability and blindness claims.

 
Agency: Social Security Administration(SSA)  Priority: Other Significant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Proposed Rule Stage 
Major: Undetermined  Unfunded Mandates: No 
EO 13771 Designation: uncollected 
CFR Citation: 20 CFR 404.1502    20 CFR 404.1512    20 CFR 404.1520b    20 CFR 404.1521 to 404.1523    20 CFR 404.1526 and 404.1527    20 CFR 404.1530    20 CFR 404.1546    20 CFR 416.902    20 CFR 416.912    20 CFR 416.920b    20 CFR 416.921 to 416.923    20 CFR 416.926 and 416.927    20 CFR 416.930    20 CFR 416.946   
Legal Authority: 42 U.S.C. 405(a)    42 U.S.C. 423(d)(5)(A)    42 U.S.C. 902(a)(5)    42 U.S.C. 1010(a)    42 U.S.C. 1382c(a)(3)(H)(i)    42 U.S.C. 1382c(a)(3)(H)(i)    Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015, section 812    Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015, section 832   
Legal Deadline:  None
Timetable:
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  05/00/2016 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Undetermined  Government Levels Affected: Undetermined 
Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: Yes 
Public Comment URL: www.regulations.gov  
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
Joshua Silverman
Technical Expert
Social Security Administration
Office of Disability Policy, 6401 Security Boulevard,
Baltimore, MD 21235-6401
Phone:410 594-2128
Email: joshua.silverman@ssa.gov

Cheryl Williams
Office Director
Social Security Administration
Office of Disability Policy, 6401 Security Boulevard,
Baltimore, MD 21235-6401
Phone:410 966-4163
Email: cheryl.a.williams@ssa.gov

Brian Rudick
Social Insurance Specialist, Regulations Writer
Social Security Administration
Office of Regulations and Reports Clearance, 6401 Security Boulevard,
Baltimore, MD 21235-6401
Phone:410 965-1483
Email: brian.rudick@ssa.gov