Colorado used to have a nice simple formula for the maximum (reasonable) charge for medical records. $14 for the first 10 pages, $0.50 for pages 11 through 40 and $0.33 for every page after that. It was a bit more for patient representatives, but on the whole you knew what you could expect. It kept the lid on offices that wanted to charge you an exorbitant fee for a “records review” before releasing records. Or copiers that wanted to change $1 a page just to copy records. Well, now that’s all gone. Continue reading Colorado medical record charges
If you are applying for Social Security disability benefits, it is because you have run out of other options. You may have tried doing lighter work, or changing careers, or even tried going back to school. However, you find that you are still not able to work. You don’t want to apply for Social Security disability benefits. You don’t want to deal with the bureaucracy, the forms, and waiting for more than a year for your disability benefits. But, you do not have a choice! And since you paid into Social Security your entire working life, it should be there for you when you need it?
Here are some tips to improve your chances of getting approved for Social Security disability benefits. Continue reading Winning Social Security Disability Benefits
Whether you are trying to get Social Security disability benefits without a lawyer or working with an attorney, you may have to get your own medical records.
Episode 2 of Disability Tips walks you through how to get your records from your doctor’s office including the following:
- When to request medical records?
- What medical records to ask for?
- How far back to go?
- How to save your hard-earned money when requesting records (and especially hospital medical records).
I had a great back and forth discussion with one of my readers in the comments about how different evidence affects a Social Security disability case. Here is part of the comment:
If you go to a mental health clinic for disabling mental impairments. They usually score you and document how impaired you are and what your level of functioning is. So, I would think it would be easier getting your case approved for a mental health disability if the mental health clinic has documentation showing you have extreme low level of functioning vs. someone applying for disability for say chronic fatigue or something that is subjective.
There is nothing wrong with this analysis. However, Social Security disability cases are rarely formulaic. Continue reading A perfect recipe for a Social Security disability case?
Let’s say you are reviewing your Social Security exhibit file before your disability hearing and you discover that some of your doctor’s (or other records) are not there. I have mentioned before that it is not unusual for the medical records in a Social Security file to be a year or more out of date.
What can you do if the records are not complete? Continue reading My Social Security file is missing records
How do you begin to review your Social Security exhibit file? Here is a quick guide to finding the really important parts.
If you do not review anything else in the file, you need to know what medical records are there (and what records are missing).
Here is what I look for: Continue reading Reviewing your Social Security exhibit file – Part 1: Medical Records
I previously wrote about how Social Security may move a case from one hearing office (Office of Disability Adjudication and Review – ODAR) to another to try to ease case congestion and speed up processing.
Usually, there is nothing to worry about when this happens. However, there is something you do need to watch out for. If you are not careful, you could delay the decision in your case, or even reduce your chances of winning.
Are you struggling with working because of physical or psychological impairments? Have you stopped working because you just could no longer do the job?
You may be going back and forth on whether to apply for Social Security:
Maybe I will get better. But, what will I do if I am not able to go back to work?
Filing for Social Security benefits is not something to rush in to. But, if you are disabled, you should file as soon as you can.
If you wait, you may lose several critical advantages: Continue reading WHEN should you apply for Social Security disability benefits?
Do you know how much you are going to be charged when you request your medical records in Colorado? Ten bucks? A hundred? FREE (“because they are MY records”)?
HA! Read on, read on: Continue reading Get your medical records for free!
The State of Colorado has allowed medical records copiers to increase the prices they charge to provide your medical records.
Medical records are one of the foundations of a Social Security case. The main way you establish the existence and severity of a medical condition is through medical records. ALL attorneys whose practice revolves around medical records are going to have to swallow this price increase. It also means that your costs as a client are going up. Continue reading Medical record prices rise 36 percent!