201207.27
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What is Substitution of Party?

When a claimant dies while waiting to go to a hearing in front of an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) regarding his disability claim, that does not necessarily mean the claim ends. If the claimant has an estate, surviving spouse, family member or dependent, they can be substituted on the deceased claimant’s behalf. The first step…

201207.20
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Disability and Unemployment

When a person files for disability benefits, that means he or she either has not worked or expects not to work in at least a 12 month period. When that same person files for unemployment benefits, that means he or she is willing and able to work at any time, should a job arise that…

201207.13
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To Exam or Not to Exam…

A consultative exam (CE) is an appointment set for a disability claimant by SSA for the purpose of having that claimant undergo a medical evaluation.  The doctor, referred to by SSA as the “examiner,” tests and observes either physical or mental/emotional disabilities, depending on the nature of the disability claim. The examiner then summarizes his…

201207.06
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Social Security and Health IT

Disability claims are driven by medical records. Unfortunately, the process of requesting and obtaining medical records is the most frequent source of delay in the disability determination process. SSA requests over 15 million copies of medical records from over 500,000 providers each year to determine over three million disability claims. Because this is such a…