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Roundtable: Medical Evidence Collection – The Cornerstone of Social Security Disability Determination

July 29, 2021

On Thursday afternoon, July 29, the Board brought together state Disability Determination Services managers and staff, a claimant attorney, and former Social Security executives for a roundtable on the agency’s medical evidence collection.

The roundtable covered an introduction to the evidence collection process and state approaches to collecting evidence.

  • Bob Emrich, Senior Technical Consultant SSA Portfolio, Peraton; former Director, Federal DDS, SSA (retired)
  • Marjorie Garcia, President, National Association of Disability Examiners (NADE); Disability Analyst, Oregon DDS
  • Paul Kreger, Medical Professional Relations Officer, Iowa DDS
  • Jennifer Nottingham, Legislative Director, NADE; Operations Manager, Nevada DDS
  • Marjorie Portnoy, Managing Partner, Portnoy Disability Practice in Radnor, Pennsylvania
  • Teresa Sizemore-Hernandez, Professional Relations Team Leader, Virginia DDS
  • Melissa Spencer, former Deputy Associate Commissioner, Office of Disability Policy, SSA (retired)
  • Sara Winn, Immediate Past President, NADE; Program Specialist, Louisiana DDS

Roundtable on Medical Evidence Collection