Barb Montgomery has more than 35 years of progressive experience in hospital-based nursing, nursing management, and disability determination review and clinical training. She is responsible for training both novice and experienced reviewers and assists to ensure that Social Security Administration (SSA) revisions are presented accurately and timely to clinical staff.
Montgomery assisted in refining and developing a comprehensive clinical training program for disability reviewers and physician advisors. She also helped develop in monthly competencies for reviewers in training, and co-leads the Quality Assurance Committee, identifying individual staff development areas and training needs. Montgomery has created and given the training curriculum for the New Hampshire Disability Determination Unit and the Massachusetts State Supplement Program for both Disability Evaluation Services’ reviewers and physician advisors. She has collaborated on the application to review claims data for identifying individuals who have a high probability of disability and may be eligible for federal benefits. Montgomery established and assisted with presenting the annual training program for Arbella Insurance Group.
Prior to joining UMass Medical School in 1999 as a disability reviewer, Montgomery was a registered nurse at St. Vincent Hospital and UMass Medical Center, and clinical coordinator at the former Worcester Hahnemann Hospital. She co-chaired a clinical continuous quality improvement team, which promoted quality patient care and efficient use of staff resources on the clinical units.
Montgomery graduated with an AS degree in nursing from Quinsigamond Community College and a BSN degree from Worcester State University. She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing.