Disability Determination Services
Disability Determination Services
Consultative Physical Exam
A physical exam conducted by a licensed medical provider to gather more information to determine the nature, severity, and duration of an individual’s alleged disability and their ability to perform basic work-related functions. This typically consists of:
- An in-depth review of the workers’ medical history
- Reviewing their past occupational history
- A routine medical exam
- Evaluating their capacity for specific functional tasks such as lifting, carrying, pushing, and pulling
If the SSA determines it necessary to further evaluate an individual’s disability, additional medical testing may be ordered as follows:
Range of Motion
Reports findings of the affected areas in degrees and assesses any stiffness or restriction of motion and pain with motion in any joint or muscle.
The Pulmonary Function Test (PFT)
A noninvasive test that shows how well an individual’s lungs are working. The test measures lung volume, capacity, rates of flow, and gas exchange.
12-Lead ECG (EKG)
Gives a tracing from 12 different electrical positions of the heart. Each lead records electrical activity from a different position on the heart muscle to help in determining if an abnormality within the heart’s normal electrical system is present.
Includes the completion of an evaluation sheet that outlines criteria from the American College of Rheumatology and notes which tender points are positive on a diagram as compared to a series of control points.
A Venipuncture is a blood test used to measure or examine cells, chemicals, proteins, or other substances in the blood.
At Midtown Medical Group, we offer a wide range of psychological services and assessments. A Psychological Interview is an interview conducted by a licensed Ph.D. or PsyD to gather more information so the Social Security Administration (SSA) can make an accurate assessment of an individual’s alleged disability. Should the SSA deem it necessary to further evaluate an individual’s disability, additional psychological testing may be ordered.
The Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale
The WAIS is an IQ test designed to measure intelligence and cognitive ability in adults and older adolescents.
THE WECHSLER PRESCHOOL AND PRIMARY SCALE OF INTELLIGENCE
The WPPSI uses subtests to determine a child’s Verbal and Performance IQ scores as well as the processing speed for children ages 2.5 years old to 7.25 years old.
THE WECHSLER INTELLIGENCE TEST FOR CHILDREN
The WISC is an intelligence test that measures a child’s intellectual ability and 5 cognitive domains that impact performance.
THE WECHSLER MEMORY SCALE
The WMS is a comprehensive method for accurately testing the scale of adult memory. It is a neuropsychological test designed to measure different memory functions in an individual aged 16-90.
THE TEST OF NONVERBAL INTELLIGENCE
The TONI is a language-free test, ideal for evaluating those with questionable or limited language ability.
THE ADAPTIVE BEHAVIOR ASSESSMENT SYSTEM
The ABAS provides a complete picture of adaptive skills across the lifespan. It is particularly useful for evaluating those with developmental delays, autism spectrum disorder, intellectual disability, learning disabilities, neuropsychological disorders, and sensory or physical impairments.
THE DENVER DEVELOPMENTAL SCREENING TEST
The DDST was developed to provide a simple method of screening for evidence of slow development in infants and preschool children. The test covers four functions: gross motor, language, fine motor-adaptive, and personal-social.
THE BECK DEPRESSION INVENTORY
BDI is a series of questions developed to measure the intensity, severity, and depth of depression in individuals with psychiatric diagnoses.
THE WOODCOCK-JOHNSON TESTS OF COGNITIVE ABILITIES
The Woodcock-Johnson is an individually administered, norm-referenced instrument that measures general intellectual ability and specific cognitive abilities in individuals aged 2 to 90+ years old.
THE CHILD BEHAVIOR CHECKLIST
The CBCL is a widely used questionnaire to assess behavioral and emotional problems. It is often used as a diagnostic screener for emotional, behavioral, and social problems.
THE MINNESOTA MULTIPHASIC PERSONALITY INVENTORY
The MMPI is a psychological test that assesses personality traits and psychopathology. It is primarily intended to test individuals who are suspected of having mental health or other clinical issues.