Archive | June, 2009

Medical Facilities Exchange Electronic Records with SSA, Decisions Issued Faster

From the American Medical Association News today: The Social Security Administration says it has already demonstrated the business value of a national health information exchange through the test run it’s doing in collaboration with MedVirginia, a regional health information exchange in central Virginia. The two started exchanging data in February to expedite disability benefit approvals. […]

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Still On Hold with Social Security? Stand By.

From today’s Atlanta Journal Constitution: The Social Security Administration has reduced its staffing by more than 5 percent since 2003, to about 60,000. That means seniors such as Early Graham of Raleigh, N.C., have dealt with long hold times and promises of return calls that never come. “I had to call three different numbers before […]

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How to Improve Your Wait Time for Benefits

While Social Security predicts a substantial reduction in waits for hearings by 2012, many claimants need a more immediate fix. This article discusses the reasons and some remedies for hearing delays: “Many people are denied disability benefits at the first two levels (Application for benefits and Request for Reconsideration). The third step in the process […]

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Psychiatrist Sets Out Way to Evaluate Disability for Social Security Claim

In Psychiatric Times today, noted Vanderbilt clincal professor Samuel O. Okpaku MD, PhD notes that about 20% of adults who receive Social Security disability benefits have psychiatric disability. Psychiatric disability accounts for a significant proportion of private long-term disability claims and payments.Advances in technology that have had an impact on physical disabilities have not had […]

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Newspaper Receives Award for Investigative Reporting of Social Security Backlogs

Over the past year, the newspaper The Oregonian, Portland and Oregon’s local paper, has been running a series carefully documenting the devastating delays at the Social Security hearing offices, putting a human face on this non-comedy of errors and underfunding. Brent Walth and Bryan Denson of The Oregonian have just won the prestigious Bruce Baer […]

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Benefit Applications Soar in First Quarter

From the web site UPI.com comes this news: The recession-driven safety net of government benefits is at a record high, as $1 of every $6 of U.S. income is a government payment, an analysis showed. The Bureau of Economic Analysis said benefits such as Social Security, food stamps, unemployment insurance and healthcare accounted for 16.2 […]

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