The Social Security Administration has started making progress in reducing the time for review and approval of claims for Social Security Disability benefits. To ensure consistent and efficient treatment of Social Security beneficiaries across its vast bureaucracy, SSA has compiled a giant book known as the Program Operations Manual System (POMS) which governs practically all aspects of SSA’s internal operations.
The negative implications of this rule change are alarming, as doctors with limited to no knowledge of a claimant’s history, diagnosis and treatment could be afforded the same consideration as a provider who has first-hand and intimate knowledge of his/her patient.
For those Advisory Council members who care about such things, remember that when I and others talk about Social Security disability claimants who have been denied becoming homeless or committing suicide, we’ve not making it up. It happens all the time.
The administration of the Medicare program is a responsibility of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services , but SSA offices are used for determining initial eligibility, some processing of premium payments, and for limited public contact information.
Our Office of the General Counsel (OGC) is responsible for processing and handling summonses and complaints in lawsuits involving judicial review of our final decisions on individual claims for benefits under titles II, VIII, and XVI of the Social Security Act (Act).