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September 13, 2010



In my opinion, I definitely wouldn't pay a check to the doctor to have the form completed. In my experience at least, it often confuses clients about what is being charged and what isn't being charged, complicates things, and sometimes believe it or not a doctor could take it is an insult (not that I'm sure why since I'd love to be getting $50 a form).

I typically stick with what you had mentioned, having the claimant bring it in with him or her to the doctor on their visit, although you are right, this can only be done when there is enough time beforehand to do so.

Very nice post btw! Hope you are doing well


Thanks for your comment - I appreciate your thoughts.

We use Functional Capacity Assessments, not MSS's. We have a few dozen of them for most common impairments and they ask questions that track Listings, SSR's and of course, RFC type issues.
Of course, we also have a list on the bulletin board of our chief medical chaser of all the doctors who refuse to fill them out! We often give them to claimant to hand to the doctor, especially in large practices where copying of medical records is outsourced.


Thanks for commenting. That is so interesting. I would really like to know more about your approach. Seems like a good topic for a blog post for you!

On the subject of physician outreach, I typically make physicians aware of the potential for retroactive eligibility for payment through State Medicaid should an award of benefits occur. This only is an incentive to those who treat the affected patients under charity care, or who are on COBRA, but in those cases, physicians have been surprisingly helpful. There are timeframes which are different for each state, and this is only a solution for SSI clients (and SSDI clients who can have their monthly earnings "spent down" under Georgia Medicaid), but it helps with a portion of clients nonetheless, and it gives the Doctors some "skin in the game" since it effectively annuitizes their patients whom are most in need.


Thanks for your comment! I think the docs want to be helpful. They are just busy, and do not understand the disability process that well.

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