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GAO Agrees to Conduct Larson-Requested Study on Quality of Medical Reviews in Social Security Disability Eligibility Determinations

June 24, 2019
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Last week, the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) agreed to conduct a study requested by Chairman of the Ways and Means Social Security Subcommittee John B. Larson (CT-01) into whether doctors who help make Social Security disability benefit decisions are performing high-quality, accurate reviews. A recent series by the Tennessean raised concerns about reviews done by contracted doctors who are paid on a per-case basis. Larson requested the GAO conduct the study earlier this month.

“Since learning about the Tennessean’s investigation, I have been very concerned about this. Many states’ Disability Determination Service (DDS) agencies contract to outside doctors to help make disability determinations and little is known about these practices. I am pleased to announce that the GAO is moving forward with this study,” said Larson.

The letter from GAO outlining the study can be found here.

The letter Larson sent to GAO on June 5th can be found here.