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Planned Rules May Speed|Disability Decisions

WASHINGTON (CN) - The Social Security Administration has proposed to allow disability examiners in state agencies to make temporary "fully favorable" determinations on certain claims for disability benefits, without approval by a medical or psychological consultant.

The proposed changes would only apply to Quick Disability Determinations and compassionate allowances.

The agency states that the rule is meant to approve cases that should be approved "as quickly as possible," and that it also should allow consultants more time to work on complex cases.

Quick Disability Determinations or compassionate allowances are used in cases in which there is a high probability that the SSA will find the claimant disabled.

With Quick Disability Determinations a computer model identifies claims in which there is a high potential that the claimant is disabled and in which the SSA may quickly and easily obtain evidence supporting the claimant's allegations. Under the compassionate allowance initiative, the agency uses a list of conditions to quickly identify diseases and other medical conditions that invariably qualify under the Listing of Impairments in SSA regulations, based on minimal, but sufficient, objective medical information.

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