Top 10 Remand Reasons Cited by the Court on Remands to SSA

Longitudinal report detailing the top 10 reasons for remands captured by the Appeals Council (AC) in cases remanded by federal courts when returning cases to the agency during each of Fiscal Years 2010 – 2017. The report also contains the percentages of the top 10 reasons as compared to all cited remand reasons during the same years.

Longitudinal report detailing the top 10 reasons for remands cited by the Appeals Council (AC) when returning requests for review (RRs) or own motion review actions to the hearing level offices during each of Fiscal Years 2010 – 2017. The report also contains the percentages of the top 10 reasons as compared to all cited remand reasons during the same years.

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FY 2010
Percent of All Cited Reasons
Remand Reason
15.7 Treating Source - Opinion Rejected Without Adequate Articulation
8.7 Claimant Credibility - Failed to Discuss Appropriate Credibility Factors
6.7 Treating Source - Opinion Not identified or Discussed
5.2 Other
3.1 *RFC - Mental Limitations Inadequately Evaluated
2.9 Mental Disorder Not Adequately Considered
2.7 Claimant Credibility - Other Issue
2.2 Treating Source - Weight Accorded Opinion Not Specified
2.0 Impairment Incorrectly Found "Not Severe"
2.0 *RFC - Other
* RFC = Residual functional capacity or the most a claimant can do despite his or her limitations or restrictions.

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FY 2011
Percent of All Cited Reasons
Remand Reason
15.2 Treating Source - Opinion Rejected Without Adequate Articulation
7.6 Claimant Credibility - Failed to Discuss Appropriate Credibility Factors
4.6 Treating Source - Opinion Not identified or Discussed
4.3 Mental Disorder Not Adequately Considered
3.7 Other
3.4 Incomplete / Inaccurate Record - Record Inadequately Developed
3.4 *RFC - Other
3.3 *RFC - Mental Limitations Inadequately Evaluated
3.1 Claimant Credibility - Other Issue
2.3 Consultative Examiner - Inadequate Support/Rationale for Weight Given Opinion
* RFC = Residual functional capacity or the most a claimant can do despite his or her limitations or restrictions.

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FY 2012
Percent of All Cited Reasons
Remand Reason
15.1 Treating Source - Opinion Rejected Without Adequate Articulation
7.6 Claimant Credibility - Failed to Discuss Appropriate Credibility Factors
4.7 Mental Disorder Not Adequately Considered
4.6 Treating Source - Opinion Not identified or Discussed
3.8 *RFC - Mental Limitations Inadequately Evaluated
3.2 Other
3.2 *RFC - Other
3.0 Claimant Credibility - Other Issue
2.7 Incomplete / Inaccurate Record - Record Inadequately Developed
2.2 Consultative Examiner - Inadequate Support/Rationale for Weight Given Opinion
* RFC = Residual functional capacity or the most a claimant can do despite his or her limitations or restrictions.

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FY 2013
Percent of All Cited Reasons
Remand Reason
15.7 Treating Source - Opinion Rejected Without Adequate Articulation
7.6 Claimant Credibility - Failed to Discuss Appropriate Credibility Factors
4.4 *RFC - Mental Limitations Inadequately Evaluated
4.0 Mental Disorder Not Adequately Considered
4.0 *RFC - Other
3.8 Treating Source - Opinion Not identified or Discussed
3.5 Claimant Credibility - Other Issue
3.1 Consultative Examiner - Inadequate Support/Rationale for Weight Given Opinion
2.4 New Evidence Presented Upon Administrative Appeal / Review
2.3 Other
* RFC = Residual functional capacity or the most a claimant can do despite his or her limitations or restrictions.

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FY 2014
Percent of All Cited Reasons
Remand Reason
15.9 Treating Source - Opinion Rejected Without Adequate Articulation
8.3 Claimant Credibility - Failed to Discuss Appropriate Credibility Factors
4.4 *RFC - Mental Limitations Inadequately Evaluated
3.9 Mental Disorder Not Adequately Considered
3.8 Consultative Examiner - Inadequate Support/Rationale for Weight Given Opinion
3.6 Claimant Credibility - Other Issue
3.4 Treating Source - Opinion Not identified or Discussed
3.1 *RFC - Other
2.8 New Evidence Presented Upon Administrative Appeal / Review
2.2 Incomplete / Inaccurate Record - Record Inadequately Developed
* RFC = Residual functional capacity or the most a claimant can do despite his or her limitations or restrictions.

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FY 2015
Percent of All Cited Reasons
Remand Reason
14.9 Treating Source - Opinion Rejected Without Adequate Articulation
9.8 Inadequate Rationale for Credibility Finding
6.1 Consultative Examiner - Inadequate Support/Rationale for Weight Given Opinion
4.6 *RFC - Mental Limitations Inadequately Evaluated
3.2 New Evidence Presented Upon Administrative Appeal / Review
3.1 Non-Examining Source - Inadequate Support/Rationale for Weight Given Opinion
3.0 Treating Source - Opinion Not identified or Discussed
3.0 Incomplete / Inaccurate Record - Record Inadequately Developed
2.5 Mental Disorder Not Adequately Considered
2.5 *RFC - Exertional Limitations Inadequately Evaluated
* RFC = Residual functional capacity or the most a claimant can do despite his or her limitations or restrictions.

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FY 2016 (52 Weeks) **
Percent of All Cited Reasons
Remand Reason
15.0 Treating Source - Opinion Rejected Without Adequate Articulation
10.1 Inadequate Rationale for Symptom Evaluation Finding
6.6 Consultative Examiner - Inadequate Support/Rationale for Weight Given Opinion
5.8 *RFC - Mental Limitations Inadequately Evaluated
3.5 Non-Examining Source - Inadequate Support/Rationale for Weight Given Opinion
3.1 Incomplete / Inaccurate Record - Record Inadequately Developed
2.9 New Evidence Presented Upon Administrative Appeal / Review
2.9 Treating Source - Opinion Not identified or Discussed
2.5 *RFC - Exertional Limitations Inadequately Evaluated
2.3 Mental Disorder Not Adequately Considered
* RFC = Residual functional capacity or the most a claimant can do despite his or her limitations or restrictions.
** For this last month of FY 2016, each of the individual reports below has a listing for the normal 52 week fiscal year that ended on 9/23/2016 and a second listing to include the extra 53rd week covering the period from 9/24/2016 – 9/30/2016. Most fiscal years have just 52 weeks, however, FY 2016 had 53 weeks, which is an anomaly that occurs every five or six years.

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FY 2016 (53 Weeks) **
Percent of All Cited Reasons
Remand Reason
15.0 Treating Source - Opinion Rejected Without Adequate Articulation
10.1 Inadequate Rationale for Symptom Evaluation Finding
6.6 Consultative Examiner - Inadequate Support/Rationale for Weight Given Opinion
5.8 *RFC - Mental Limitations Inadequately Evaluated
3.4 Non-Examining Source - Inadequate Support/Rationale for Weight Given Opinion
3.1 Incomplete / Inaccurate Record - Record Inadequately Developed
2.9 Treating Source - Opinion Not identified or Discussed
2.9 New Evidence Presented Upon Administrative Appeal / Review
2.5 *RFC - Exertional Limitations Inadequately Evaluated
2.3 Mental Disorder Not Adequately Considered
* RFC = Residual functional capacity or the most a claimant can do despite his or her limitations or restrictions.
** For this last month of FY 2016, each of the individual reports below has a listing for the normal 52 week fiscal year that ended on 9/23/2016 and a second listing to include the extra 53rd week covering the period from 9/24/2016 – 9/30/2016. Most fiscal years have just 52 weeks, however, FY 2016 had 53 weeks, which is an anomaly that occurs every five or six years.

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FY 2017
Percent of All Cited Reasons
Remand Reason
16.9 Treating Source - Opinion Rejected Without Adequate Articulation
10.4 Inadequate Rationale for Symptom Evaluation Finding
7.4 Consultative Examiner - Inadequate Support/Rationale for Weight Given Opinion
4.4 * RFC - Mental Limitations Inadequately Evaluated
3.8 Non-Examining Source - Inadequate Support/Rationale for Weight Given Opinion
3.8 Incomplete / Inaccurate Record - Record Inadequately Developed
2.5 New Evidence Presented to Agency (Reasonable Probability)
2.4 Treating Source - Opinion Not identified or Discussed
2.3 Non-Examining Source-Opinion Accepted Without Adequate Articulation
2.3 Mental Disorder Not Adequately Considered
* RFC = Residual functional capacity or the most a claimant can do despite his or her limitations or restrictions.

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