Incapacity Determination - PEP Step III

Created on: 
Oct 21 2014

PEP Step III--Determining the Severity of Physical Impairments 

WAC 388-447-0050 Progressive evaluation process step III - How does the department determine the severity of physical impairments?

Clarifying Information

Compare the severity rating given by the medical evidence provider with the objective evidence.

  1. When it is consistent, accept it.
  2. When it is not consistent,  raise or lower the rating after consulting medical sources and references. You must have clear and convincing reasons for adjusting a provider's severity rating. Always fully explain your clear and convincing reasons for not accepting the provider's rating in your notes.