Consideration of Pain in the Disability Determination Process
The Social Security Administration is soliciting public input to ensure that the manner in which pain in adult and child disability claims are considered under titles II and XVI of the Social Security Act (Act) remains aligned with contemporary medicine and health care delivery practices. Specifically, the administration requests public comments and supporting data related to the consideration of pain and documentation of pain in the medical evidence used in connection with claims for benefits. Responses and relevant research and data obtained or received will be used to determine whether and how revisions to current policy regarding the evaluation of pain should be proposed. Comments must be received by February 15, 2019.