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.
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.
Tip: This page is long and confusing! Here’s an easier way: After you open the page, try using the “find” feature on your computer. Type in the first four numbers, and it will bring you to the correct place on the page. For example, if you type in “9050” you will be brought to “Late Effects of Musculoskeletal and Connective Tissue Injuries (amputation)” Then try the second four numbers.
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.
You can also find out your review cycle by calling Social Security and asking, or by calling and requesting a copy of your Benefits Planning Query.
You can also find out the conditions you were approved for by calling your local office and requesting a copy of your file on CD. If you have been through a full continuing disability review, request the files from that review. If you have not been through a review, request the files from your original approval. You may be charged a fee.
Call your local office for these things. Do not call the national number.
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