Social Security Medical Experts

Your Medical Expert opinion matters

Medical providers play a crucial role in helping SSA’s Administrative Law Judges (ALJs) make important decisions about disability.

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Wanted now: Medical Experts

Maximus, one of the largest providers of government-sponsored benefit appeals programs in the United States, is recruiting Medical Providers to present evidence either at hearings (via the phone) or through written interrogatories for claimants appealing denial of certain SSA benefits.  This program serves residents on the East Coast from Maine to Puerto Rico.

Our objective is to ensure the best possible outcomes for citizens and government by rendering accurate decisions quickly.

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Unique opportunity for experts in multiple specialty areas

Maximus is looking for both English and Spanish-speaking Medical Providers in multiple specialty areas to present impartial expert opinion evidence that ALJs will consider when making life-changing decisions about disability.

  • Allergy
  • Allergy and Immunology
  • Anesthesiology
  • Cardiovascular Diseases
  • Cardiovascular Surgery
  • Child Neurology
  • Child Psychiatry
  • Child Psychology
  • Clinical Pathology
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Dental Surgery
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Family Practice
  • Gastroenterology
  • General Practice
  • General Surgery
  • Geriatrics
  • Hematology
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Internal Diseases
  • Neurological Surgery
  • Neurology
  • Ophthalmology
  • Orthopedic Surgery
  • Otolaryngology
  • Pediatrics
  • Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
  • Psychiatry
  • Psychology
  • Pulmonology
  • Rheumatology
  • Urological Surgery

Program requirements

Medical Experts will be asked to provide impartial expert opinion evidence by telephone or in writing to support benefit determination decisions.


  • An active medical license/state certificate
  • Complete the SSA background paperwork and process

This process also includes fingerprinting and a background investigation by the Center for Suitability and Personnel Security (CSPS). Obtaining favorable suitability will enable Medical Experts to provide impartial opinion evidence for the cases they will be asked to support.

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Getting started

Getting started is easy. To apply as a Medical Expert, follow these steps:

  1. Complete and submit the Provider Profile Form and attach your current CV and medical license.
  2. Complete, print, sign and scan back completed Fair Credit Reporting Act Authorization and Declaration for Federal Employment forms to
  3. Complete Form SSA-222, Security Awareness/Contractor Affiliate Personnel Security Certification.

Receipt of these items will start the formal processes for obtaining suitability, which takes approximately 30 days after fingerprinting. From there, Maximus will guide you through the remaining application documentation requirements.

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Current SSA Medical Experts

If you are a current SSA Medical Expert on another Maximus program or have provided these services in the past and would like to continue,  you can quickly and easily complete the paperwork to join the SSA Medical Expert Review program.

To apply, email your current CV and completed Contractor Personnel Rollover Request template to

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More information

You can refer to the Medical Expert Handbook for basic information about ALJ hearings. The handbook also explains Social Security’s disability programs, the appeals process, the ME’s role, and responsibilities, and provides necessary technical information.

For more information about SSA’s Medical Experts program
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Contact us

Maximus is ready to assist you with the application process.

For questions and assistance, please contact us