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The GAO Will Investigate Doctors Who Review Social Security Disability Applications

Posted by John Kuhnlein | Aug 29, 2019 | 0 Comments

Earlier this year, I wrote about a newspaper looking into doctors hired by Social Security to review Social Security disability cases. The Tennessean discovered that many of these doctors were spending mere minutes to review complicated medical conditions. This allowed them to bill Social Security millions of dollars for work they barely did.

Big Brother Was Watching

It seems that important people took note of this newspaper article. The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has announced that they are launching

Let's Take A Look, Shall We?

an investigation. This is good news for all people trying to get Social Security disability benefits. For one thing, the GAO can look at how Social Security medical consultants operate across the nation. It seems likely that the abuses that Tenneseean found in that state are also going on in most other states.

Congress May Make Changes

The GAO is known to be thorough and non-partisan. They are one government branch that actually works well. A report from GAO carries a lot of weight in Washington. If the GAO turns up evidence of systematic abuse of the Social Security disability medical consultant program, it is probable that Congress will act to reform this system.

Even The Threat Of Investigation May  Bring Improvements

In the meantime, those doctors who are spending 10 minutes on a Social Security disability medical file before sending in their inflated bills are on

I Assure You, My Review Was Most Thorough

notice.  This may lead to these doctors self-regulating and doing honest work again.  That alone would boost the chances that a Social Security disability benefits applicant will get approved.

About the Author

John Kuhnlein

Since 1992, I have been helping the people of Southern Arizona get the benefits they are due. Before devoting all my efforts to assisting people with Social Security disability claims, I also handled such complex lawsuits as medical malpractice and products liability. I brought to my Social Security cases all the skills and attention to detail that I developed in the courtroom. I approach each Social Security disability case as if it were a million-dollar lawsuit. For the people trying to get Social Security benefits, their claim is every bit as important. Because I have personally handled so many Social Security cases, I have refined the skills I need to win your case for you. I have helped people win cases for every kind of ailment from arthritis to valley fever. At present, I am focused on helping those persons with neurological and orthopedic disorders. Because claims for people over age fifty bring additional complications, I particularly seek out those cases to work on. I regularly write about back and spine conditions on my blog. I actively seek out the latest information about orthopedic and neurological disorders to ensure I can represent my clients as effectively as possible. Because of my current focus, I regret that I am not able to take any cases for mental disorders. If you are over age fifty and suffer from any orthopedic or neurological disorder, please contact me at once.


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