The Social Security Administration spends over $500 million dollar annually, in order to obtain “paper” medical records. This process requires the applicant to sign a medical release, which is sent over to the treating physician. The entire process causes great expense and delay to needy Social Security applicants, according to attorney Randy Zeldin, Esq. of West Palm Beach and Ft. Lauderdale.
To remedy the situation, Social Security has started a pilot program with the Cleveland Clinic, to obtain medical records electronically. If successful, this prototype could be a partnership between the private health care industry and Social Security which would streamline the application process.