In a January 9, 2009 report (GAO-09-183R) titled "Social Security Disability: Improving Notices to Denied Claimants" the Government Accountability Office (GAO) makes the following recommendations:
"In order to provide claimants clearly understandable information concerning
the evidence used as a basis for SSA's denial of their disability claims, SSA
should modify its guidance to require that notices to claimants identify
medical sources in a manner that clearly distinguishes (1) sources that
provided requested medical evidence, (2) sources that responded to the
request but did not provide evidence, and (3) sources that did not respond."
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