Friday, February 10, 2017

How Will the Social Security Reform Act of 2016 Affect Social Security Disability Eligibility?

According to the Social Security Board of Trustees, the program is running out of money and if nothing is done, they would have exhausted their $2.8 trillion cash reserves by 2034. This is why last December 2016, Rep. Sam Johnson introduced a proposed plan to Congress that he believes would save Social Security in the form of Social Security Reform Act of 2016 (SSRA).

Under the current program, people with physical or mental impairments that prevent them from fulfilling various activities and tasks can seek help from the Social Security Act. They can receive compensation, monthly benefits and Medicare assistance, depending on their income level. Even their family members who are approved beneficiaries can also get the benefits from the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI).

While most of these still stay the same, many of the proposed changes of the current SSRA 2016 bill involve cost-cutting measures to make sure that the program remains solvent. Read more from this blog:

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Neurological Criteria Updates for Disability Social Security You Should Know About

Neurological disorders are perhaps some of the most frightening illnesses because of their varying symptoms and ongoing debates about how to treat them correctly. Fortunately, social security disability is available for people suffering from disorders like chronic migraines, epilepsy and Parkinson’s disease. Yet, there is still confusion about eligibility for such benefits because Social Security has recently updated their listings for the first time in 30 years.

Updated Criteria

A lot of changes have been made to the criteria of neurological disorders. Disorganization of motor function, for example, can now be fulfilled by the inability to stand up from a seated position and the inability to use the upper extremities or maintain balance when walking.  Read more from this blog:

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

How Doctors Are Being Affected by the Affordable Care Act Marketplace

The healthcare industry is constantly going through changes, especially in regards to the healthcare marketplace. Policies and regulations are compelled to evolve because of the requirements of the Affordable Care Act.

This adds pressure to everyone involved, especially doctors who are struggling to keep up with the increasing number of patients who may default on their payments.

Doctors Leaving Their Practices to Become Hospital Employees

The Affordable Care Act, signed into law in 2010, has caused a lot of hospitals to buy up physician practices. This practice, enacted all over the United States, helps hospitals fall in line with a system that reimburses based on quality of care and outcomes. This varies from models in the past, which relied on a traditional fee-for-service system. The end result is doctors transitioning to an employee role. But why are doctors selling their practice when they are potentially giving up a lot of freedom and control? Read more from this blog: