If you don’t have the perfect short form, don’t worry, you can still pass your review. What’s the problem you are bumping up against?
Help! I don’t know how to answer XYZ!!
Just try to answer honestly and do the best you can with it. Most questions are simply checking boxes. If no answer seems exactly perfect for your situation, choose what seems best or closest to you.
For the question “reason for doctor’s visit,” there is no wrong or right way to answer. Many people simply list the primary diagnosis they were there to treat. For example, “Bipolar” or “EDS”.
Uh Oh! I made a mistake!
If you’ve made a copy of the form before starting, go ahead and start again. If not, just do the best you can with it and make a correction if you need to. Our readers report that they did not have much success trying to get Social Security to send them a new blank form.
Don’t worry, making a small mistake in spelling or writing or crossing something out won’t cause your disability check to end. Just do the best you can with it. Some readers use white out. If your computer has trouble reading your form, it may be reviewed by a person instead. It may take longer, but the final outcome should be the same.
Uh oh! I have been working!!!
Don’t worry, you can still pass your review. If you have been working, your short form may still be approved, or they may follow up by send you a long form review to fill out. Here’s How to Prepare for a Long Form Medical Review.
Uh oh! I have been in school!!!
The computer may still automatically approve you, or you may be sent a long form review for more information. Either way, the most important thing is to keep up good medical records.
Uh Oh! There is a problem in my medical records!!
Social Security won’t collect and read your medical records during a short form review. If there is a problem, they will not see it now. However, if you are sent a long form in the future, then they will collect and read your records. So this is a good time to start trying to make your medical records and strong and accurate as possible. How to Prepare for a Long Form Medical Review
Uh oh! My condition has improved!!!
The short form contains a question asking if your condition has improved. If your condition has improved, they may send you a long form review to gather more information about your current state of disability.
During the long form review, if your doctor’s records indicate that your condition has improved, they may look at your review more closely and you may need stronger documentation. If you are still disabled, it is still possible to continue to be approved. You may wish to take some extra steps to document your condition or any new conditions that have developed: How to Prepare for a Long Form Medical Review
Uh oh! I don’t have three recent doctor visits!!
Social Security guidelines state that appointments within the past two years are considered recent. So if you have seen your doctor at least three times within the past two years, this may be acceptable.
It will help if the visits were for the condition you were approved for. For example: If you were approved for bipolar, going to the foot doctor may not matter.
In some cases, Social Security does not expect you to see a doctor if your condition is completely untreatable. For example, if you were blind at birth and your blindness is permanent and unchanging, there would be no reason to see a doctor to “treat” being blind.
Even though the policy states that the past two years is considered recent, if it has been a significant time since you had your last visit, it is possible that the person reviewing your case may take this into account.
Some people wait and send the short form back after their next scheduled doctor’s visit, so they can discuss the short form with their doctor and so that their most recent visit is very recent. If you do this, just make sure you don’t miss the deadline. If you need more time to meet with your doctor to discuss the short form, you can call Social Security and ask for an extension to return the form.
If you did not have standard doctor visits but instead went to a hospital, clinic, or emergency room and had some kind of treatment or assessment there, then under the doctor’s section you may be able to list the dates when you had appointments with doctors in the hospital or clinic.
If you haven’t been seeing a doctor, there is a possibility you will be sent a long form review sometime in the next 3 – 12 months. How to Prepare for a Long Form Medical Review
If you have a good reason why you were unable to get to the doctor, in some cases Social Security will accept this. Here’s some information on What To Do If You Haven’t Been to A Doctor
More important info on: How to Fill Out a Disability Update Report
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