Health-Care Utilization as a Proxy in Disability Determination.

This study of health-care utilizations by adults provides an analysis of health-care utilizations as they relate to impairment severity and SSA’s definition of disability. The committee identified types of utilizations that might be good proxies for listing-level severity, that is, what represents an impairment, or combination of impairments, severe enough to prevent a person from doing any gainful activity regardless of age, education, or work experience.

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