With an aging Baby Boom generation, a poor job market, and a struggling economy, the number of Social Security disability benefits applications have skyrocketed in the past three years – and the backlog of cases has grown. To combat long wait times, the Social Security Administration (SSA) has had to make some changes to their application system that many of the doctors employed by the federal agency are finding hard to swallow.
According to the Wall Street Journal, the SSA has asked its doctors to work faster – and for less money. In many cases, they have asked physicians who review SSDI cases to take a more cursory look at case files, while in other cases they have asked doctors to review files that fall outside of their specialty.
The result? A huge number of disability case review doctors have quit, while another large percentage has been fired for failing to follow new guidelines. Many worry that the new doctor case review rules will lead to more wrong decisions and a less accurate application process. Others worry that doctors are being pressured to make certain types of decisions when reviewing disability cases to meet targets set by the SSA.
Because of these new guidelines – and because of the growing backlog of disability cases – it is more important than ever to understand the Social Security system and the disability benefits applications process before attempting to secure benefits. To speak to a Texas Social Security benefits attorney about your case, call Morgan & Weisbrod today.
by Paul B. Burkhalter Managing Partner of Morgan & Weisbrod, Board Certified in Social Security Disability Law.