Other medical evidence is all other evidence from a medical source that is not objective
medical evidence or a medical opinion. This includes judgments about the nature and
severity of the claimant’s impairments, medical history, clinical findings, diagnosis,
treatment prescribed with response, and prognosis. This simplifies our rules because
we categorize and treat all of this evidence the same way. For a definition of medical
source, see DI 22505.001A.4.
NOTE: For claims filed before March 27, 2017, we categorize the nature and severity of
an individual’s impairments, diagnosis, or prognosis as medical opinions, not other
For additional information, see DI 24503.015 Evaluating Other Medical Evidence.