Subject: Prehearing Analysis and Case Workup
This transmittal amends section I-2-1-30 of the Hearings, Appeals and Litigation Law (HALLEX) manual to update instructions regarding professional qualifications of medical sources at the administrative law judge (ALJ) hearing level.
Section I-2-1-30 is amended as follows:
I-2-1-30 – We changed the title to “Professional Qualifications of Medical Sources” to more accurately reflect the terminology used in the regulations.
I-2-1-30 A – We changed the heading to “General,” made significant editorial and formatting changes, and removed information that was duplicative of information in HALLEX I-2-6-70.
I-2-1-30 B – We changed the heading to “Professional Qualifications for MEs” and updated the information consistent with current hearing office practices.
I-2-1-30 C – We changed the heading to “Professional Qualifications for Non-ME Medical Sources” and updated the information. We instruct hearing office staff to add the professional qualifications to the E section of the claim(s) file upon receipt, and we include instructions for what to do if a medical source does not respond to reasonable attempts by hearing office staff to obtain this information.
Date: April 17, 2015