Q: Who is considered a treating provider?

A: A treating source is defined as the claimant’s physician or psychologist who has provided the claimant medical treatment or evaluation and who has or has had an ongoing treatment relationship with the claimant. If the claimant merely seeks out a medical opinion to support the disability claim, this single examination will not be considered to be a treating source opinion, but rather a consultative examination. http://www.socialsecurity.gov/OP_Home/cfr20/404/404-1513.htm

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