Disabilities (21 - 30 of 42 items)
SSA Disability Redesign: Focus Needed on Initiatives Most Crucial to Reducing Costs and Time
HEHS-97-20: Published: Dec 20, 1996. Publicly Released: Dec 20, 1996.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO evaluated the Social Security Administration's (SSA) efforts and progress in redesigning the disability determination claims process to reduce administrative costs and the time a claimant waits for a decision, focusing on: (1) SSA's vision and progress for redesigning the disability claims process; (2) issues related to the scope and complexity of the redes...
Income Security Issues Issue Area Plan--Fiscal Years 1995-96
IAP-95-33: Published: Aug 1, 1995. Publicly Released: Aug 1, 1995.
GAO presented its Income Security Issues issue area plan for fiscal years 1995 and 1996.GAO plans to: (1) identify cost-saving opportunities in welfare, disability, and child support programs; (2) reduce fraud and abuse in disability programs through computer matching and fraud prevention programs; (3) examine ways to remove medically improved individuals from disability rolls; (4) identify ways t...
HEHS-95-228R: Published: Jul 28, 1995. Publicly Released: Jul 28, 1995.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Social Security Administration's (SSA) efforts to reduce backlogs at its Office of Hearings and Appeals (OHA). GAO noted that: (1) past SSA efforts to reduce backlogs and decrease case processing times included shifting OHA resources, making process changes to improve productivity, hiring more administrative law judges (ALJ) and support staff,...
Social Security Administration: Major Changes in SSA's Business Processes Are Imperative
T-AIMD-94-106: Published: Apr 14, 1994. Publicly Released: Apr 14, 1994.
GAO discussed the proposed restructuring of the Social Security Administration's (SSA) disability insurance determination process, focusing on: (1) the reasons for the restructuring; and (2) major implementation issues. GAO noted that: (1) the proposed restructuring will address major fundamental changes needed to cope with increasing disability determination workloads and processing times; (2) SS...
Social Security: Increasing Number of Disability Claims and Deteriorating Service
HRD-94-11: Published: Nov 10, 1993. Publicly Released: Nov 10, 1993.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Social Security Administration's (SSA) disability programs, focusing on: (1) state disability determination services' (DDS) operations; and (2) actions taken by SSA to reduce the number of pending claims.GAO found that: (1) between 1990 and 1992, claims backlogs and processing times for Disability Insurance and Supplemental Security Income bene...
Social Security: SSA Needs to Improve Service for Program Participants
T-HRD-93-11: Published: Mar 25, 1993. Publicly Released: Mar 25, 1993.
GAO discussed the Social Security Administration's (SSA) efforts to improve service to the public, focusing on: (1) long delays in processing disability claims; (2) the reduction of continuing disability reviews (CDR); and (3) SSA long-range plans to improve overall service levels. GAO noted that: (1) SSA administers the Disability Insurance (DI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) programs wit...
Social Security Disability: Action Needed to Improve Use of Medical Experts at Hearings
HRD-91-68: Published: May 20, 1991. Publicly Released: May 20, 1991.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Social Security Administration's Office of Hearings and Appeals' (OHA) use and selection of medical experts (ME) to provide testimony or evidence for disability hearings and cases.GAO found that: (1) OHA policy required the selection of such experts on a rotational basis by medical specialty, when possible; (2) when purchasing expert testimony,...
Social Security: Reforms in the Disability Determination and Appeals Process
T-HRD-91-24: Published: May 2, 1991. Publicly Released: May 2, 1991.
GAO discussed efforts to improve the initial decisionmaking process regarding social security disability claims, and to explore reasons why the Social Security Administration (SSA) allowed many claims only after administrative law judge (ALJ) hearings. GAO noted that: (1) SSA quality assurance review data indicated a decline in the quality of state disability decisions, particularly those denying...
Disability Programs: Use of Competitive Contracts for Consultative Medical Exams Can Save Millions
HRD-90-141: Published: Aug 17, 1990. Publicly Released: Aug 17, 1990.
GAO reviewed state disability determination services' (DDS) procurement of consultative medical examinations (CE) of claimants seeking benefits under the Social Security Administration's (SSA) disability programs.GAO found that: (1) New York's DDS expects to save $8.6 million over the 3-year life of its contracts; (2) Oregon's DDS expects to save about $1.6 million through 1993; (3) for the 3-year...
Social Security: Selective Face-to-Face Interviews With Disability Claimants Could Reduce Appeals
HRD-89-22: Published: Apr 20, 1989. Publicly Released: Apr 25, 1989.
In response to a congressional request, GAO provided information on certain aspects of the Social Security Administration's (SSA) appeals process, including: (1) the reasons for administrative law judges' (ALJ) high reversal rates for state disability determination services' (DDS) decisions; and (2) suggestions for improving the SSA appeal process.GAO reviewed state DDS decisions for 1986, and fou...