201703.21
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Social Security Changes: Treating Physician Rule and Acceptable Medical Source

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Social Security Changes: Elimination of Treating Physician Rule & Definition of “Acceptable Medical Source” The Social Security Administration recently announced the repeal of the well-known and long standing treating physician rule. The treating physician rule offered certain procedural safeguards to individuals applying for disability benefits under any of Social Security’s programs. What is the treating…

201604.04
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How To File For Social Security Disability Benefits

Filing for Social Security Disability Benefits You sustain a crippling injury. Or maybe you or your child are diagnosed with a chronic debilitating illness. Or maybe time has caught up with you and you can no longer do what you used to do either physically or mentally or both. Your limitations are mounting and you struggle…

201603.24
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Explained: The Difference Between Social Security Disability and Supplemental Security Income Benefits

What is the difference between SSD and SSI? Social Security Disability Insurance benefits (“SSD”) are based upon an individual’s work record. A “quarter of coverage” is the basic unit of Social Security coverage used in determining a worker’s insured status. As an individual works and pays Social Security taxes, they are able to earn one…

201411.07
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The Consequences of Failure to Follow Prescribed Treatment

If you are currently in the process of a Social Security disability claim, you probably understand how important it is to receive medical treatment and generate medical records for disability adjudicators to review. However, the truth is what is contained within those records is what’s really important. According to SSR-82-59, the failure to follow treatment…

201409.10
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Team mentality dominates Balin Law’s case strategy in recent victories

It’s often said winning cases is a team effort, but that “team” includes more than attorneys. “One thing we tend to focus on very heavily is the treating physician rule,” said Matt Shupe, associate attorney at Balin Law. This treating physician is often relied on to provide expert medical opinions and a detailed patient history…

201309.17
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Tools of the Trade for Disability Representatives

With so much technology now on-hand for so many different aspects of our daily lives, it should come as no surprise that it plays a heavy roll in the work of Social Security disability representatives. SSA has made several tools available online that help them closely monitor and develop your disability claim. Electronic Records Express…

201308.15
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So, How is SSA Doing?

There has been a lot of press lately regarding the financial health of the Social Security Administration. On May 31st, 2013, SSA issued a press release stating that the combined assets of the Old-Age and Survivors Insurance, and Disability Insurance Trust Funds are projected to become depleted in 2033, with 77 percent of benefits still…