Brian Billings v. Carolyn W. Colvin


PER CURIAM OPINION FILED - THE COURT: James B. Loken, Diana E. Murphy and Kermit E. Bye (UNPUBLISHED) [4379264] [15-2224]

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United States Court of Appeals For the Eighth Circuit ___________________________ No. 15-2224 ___________________________ Brian Billings lllllllllllllllllllll Plaintiff - Appellant v. Carolyn W. Colvin, Acting Commissioner of Social Security lllllllllllllllllllll Defendant - Appellee ____________ Appeal from United States District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas - Batesville ____________ Submitted: March 7, 2016 Filed: March 18, 2016 [Unpublished] ____________ Before LOKEN, MURPHY, and BYE, Circuit Judges. ____________ PER CURIAM. Appellate Case: 15-2224 Page: 1 Date Filed: 03/18/2016 Entry ID: 4379264 Brian Billings appeals the district court’s1 order affirming the Commissioner’s denial of disability insurance benefits and supplemental security income, after his hearing before an administrative law judge (ALJ). For reversal, Billings argues that the ALJ’s decision is not supported by substantial evidence on the record as a whole, and in particular, he challenges the ALJ’s severity and credibility determinations; the ALJ’s residual functional capacity (RFC) finding; and the ALJ’s decision to credit some physicians’ opinions in the record over other physician’s opinions, including the opinion of consultative medical examiner Anandaraj Subramanium, M.D. Following careful de novo review, we conclude that substantial evidence in the record as a whole supports the denial of Billings’s applications, see Halverson v. Astrue, 600 F.3d 922, 929-31(8th Cir. 2010) (standard of review), including the ALJ’s determination on which impairments were severe, see Kirby v. Astrue, 500 F.3d 705, 707-08 (8th Cir. 2007); the credibility determinations, see Perks v. Astrue, 687 F.3d 1086, 1092-93 (8th Cir. 2012); the assessment of RFC, see id. at 1092; and the decision to discount Dr. Subramanium’s opinion on the severity of Billings’s limitations, see Estes v. Barnhart, 275 F.3d 722, 725 (8th Cir. 2002). The judgment of the district court is affirmed. See 8th Cir. R. 47B. ______________________________ 1 The Honorable Joe J. Volpe, United States Magistrate Judge for the Eastern District of Arkansas, to whom the case was referred for final disposition by consent of the parties pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 636(c). -2- Appellate Case: 15-2224 Page: 2 Date Filed: 03/18/2016 Entry ID: 4379264

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