Bet you didn’t know…. you have a secret code!
It appears on your Disability Update Report.
It is in the top right hand corner and it looks like this:
There are a few interesting things you can find on your secret code.
Look at the top of the first page and you will see three rows of letters and numbers. On the second row, in the third field, you will see the letter “L” or “M” or “H”. That’s your profile code! It means low, medium, or high. The computer uses this code to help decide whether to send you a long form disability reviews
Don’t worry. This code is not that important. It won’t change the decision that gets made in the end. It is only used to decide which form to send you – short form or long form or both. If you are an H you are more likely to get a long form or both forms. If you are L or M you are more likely to get just the short form.
Short and Long Form Disability Reviews
Learn more about how to fill out the Disability Update Report
After reviewing your Short Form, Social Security may send you a long form review. Or they may not. You are more likely to get a long form if you are an H, or you are working, or you do not have recent doctor visits, or you get unlucky for no particular reason (5% of people are selected at random for long form reviews). Learn more about Continuing Disability Reviews.
The second interesting thing is your diagnosis code. Many people already know what impairments they were approved for but some people do not. If you applied for several different conditions, you may be wondering.
You can figure it out here. It is the end of the first line, and it is usually eight numbers. The first four numbers are the first diagnosis and the second four numbers are the second diagnosis. If you have no secondary diagnosis it is 0000. If your secondary diagnosis is listed as addiction — that doesn’t mean you actually were approved for addiction, it means they approved you DESPITE your addiction.
Diagnosis codes are listed here: https://secure.ssa.gov/poms.nsf/lnx/0426510015
The profile codes only list your primary and secondary conditions. In some cases, there may have been other conditions that also played a role in your approval.
The first number on the second line is your review cycle. That is how often they plan to review you. It is often 3, 5, or 7 years. It is not always accurate – reviews often come late, sometimes by several years. Although less likely, they also sometimes come early.
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