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e-Reports, Aug. 6, 2012
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SSA officials urge acceptance of online disability forms from patients
Officials at the Social Security Administration (SSA) have clarified that the online disability forms you may be receiving from some patients are HIPAA compliant and urge you to accept them.

Last spring, the SSA adopted a “click and sign” electronic signature process for patients applying for disability with the form SSA-827. But some physicians have been reluctant to accept them.

Patients who apply online for disability benefits will have the option to electronically sign and submit their SSA-827 forms. However, you will still see pen and ink signatures of those who file for benefits at a local Social Security office or over the telephone.

Learn more about the new electronic signature process here.

Physicians needed for Social Security Disability case reviews
The Disability Determination Bureau (DDB), part of the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration, performs medical adjudication for the Social Security Administration (SSA).

Due to an increased workload, the DDB is currently seeking licensed physicians to review case files and advise adjudicative staff in the Indianapolis office. Physicians may work full- or part-time, with flexible hours. Office is open seven days a week, from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.

To learn more about medical consultant opportunities at the DDB, email Anna Ray.

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