New Rules on Acceptable Medical Evidence

Here are a few Social Security disability rule changes set to go into effect in the next few weeks. • Acceptable medical sources. Under the new medical evidence rules, the list of acceptable medical sources has been expanded to include: advance practice registered nurses (APRNs), licensed audiologists, licensed optometrists and physician assistants (PAs). While this […]

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What’s Up With These Waiting Periods?

Often we hear from people who believe they need to wait a certain amount of time before applying for disability benefits. Nothing could be further from the truth. Time frames are both extremely important and very confusing in Social Security claims. Anyone with a disabling condition which is expected to last for at least a […]

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Combined Impairments Must be Considered

The law requires the Social Security Administration to consider the ccombined effects of impairments— physical and mental or emotional —when making a decision about disability. The combined effects of such impairments may be disabling, even though each illness or condition individually may not be. That is why it is important for medical care providers to […]

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Respond Fast to Any Notice of Continuing Disability Review

Social Security periodically reviews cases of people receiving disability benefits to be sure they are still eligible to receive them. Social Security says it conducts a continuing disability review (CDR) approximately every three years on each person receiving disability benefits whose disability we expect to improve but in practice it is less often. Social Security […]

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Hiring Freeze May Worsen 526-Day Disability Case Backlog

The new federal hiring freeze may exacerbate a backlog of appeals for Social Security Disability Insurance that has grown so big that an average case takes more than a year to be heard. “These are people who are desperate,” Judge Marilyn Zahm, president of the Association of Administrative Law Judges union, said. “There may be […]

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Wear Red for Heart Disease Friday February 3!

National Wear Red Day For Women is a massive national public awareness day the first Friday each February, urging women, people from all walks of life, businesses, towns, schools, the media, buildings and landmarks to “go red” and “glow red” to bring attention to the leading killers of women – heart disease and stroke. On […]

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Many Ways to Prove a Case

A disability case may still be won even if it does not technically meet the regulations for a particular disease or condition. This is done by proving that symptoms and side effects of the disability significantly reduce productivity. The impairment must be at such a level that no employer would keep them on, or offer […]

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How to Prove Arthritis is Disabling?

The CDC reports that 52.5 million (22.7%) of adults have self-reported doctor-diagnosed arthritis. 22.7 million (9.8% of all adults) have arthritis and arthritis-attributable activity limitation. But when does it become a disability? Complicated regulations apply, but always, proving functional limitation is an integral part of proving a case. Along with detailed medical records, it is […]

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