With the exponential increase in Social Security Disability claims and the growing concerns about the fiscal solvency of the system, there is growing impetus to reform the manner in which claims are adjudicated. Recently, the Administrative Conference of the United States (ACUS), has sought proposals to study the existing Social Security program and recommend improvements in the adjudication process.
Some of the research items of concern include the following:
* The impact of the weight given to treating physicians.
* The role of the Appeals Council in Washington, D.C. in reviewing decisions.
* Measures that Social Security can take to identify and address problems posed by “outlier” Judges.
* The role that video hearings can play in increasing uniformity in Judge’s decisions.
Although reforms should be studied, Social Security Disability Attorney and Lawyer, Randy Zeldin, Esq., urges that politicians not abuse the study to decrease access to the courts or otherwise diminish legitimate access to Social Security Disability Benefits.