Quicker Decisions On Social Security Disability Claims Are Possible
The Social Security Administration (SSA) has made changes regarding its Fast-Track Program. The program, also called “Compassionate Allowances,” was initiated in 2008 and was launched in order to speed up the Social Security Disability (SSDI) application process for individuals suffering from 50 types of cancer, genetic diseases, and other conditions with high mortality rates. This year, 38 additional conditions were added to the Compassionate allowances list.
Michael J. Astrue, Commissioner of Social Security, announced that the Fast-Track Program makes the disability claims process faster. The current time frame for a decision on very severe disability claims is two weeks. This process will be sped up by allowing SSA’s disability professionals to make decisions on certain claims without waiting for a doctor’s approval.
On March 16th of this year, Commissioner Astrue announced: “Last year, the Compassionate Allowances initiative, along with our Quick Disability Determination process, allowed us to quickly approve over 100,000 disability applications for the most severely disabled Americans. This year we expect to increase the number of fast-tracked cases to about 150,000. We also plan to expand our list of Compassionate Allowance conditions later this year, bringing it to about 100 conditions.”
Along with the Compassionate Allowances (CAL) program, SSA has created a Quick Disability Determination (QDD) process. QDD is “a predictive computer model (which) analyzes specific data within the electronic disability file to identify cases where there is a high likelihood that the claimant is disabled and we can quickly obtain medical evidence.” These programs will allow claims to be flagged and expedited immediately. SSA hopes that those individuals suffering from severe conditions will be awarded within days, instead of weeks, months, or years.
Most claims for SSDI do not qualify for the Fast Track Program. These claims are likely to take longer and require additional documentation and review.
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Sources: Wednesday, March 16, 2011 Mark Lassiter, Press Officer For Immediate Release 410-965-8904 firstname.lastname@example.org SSA’s FY2010 Performance and Accountability Report.