Social Security Disability, Chronic Liver Disease and digestive disorders
Here's a link to a press release issued by the social security administration. The digestive disorders listing, including diseases of the colon, stomach, and liver have been updated to reflect advances in how such conditions are both identified and treated.
According to SSA's Commissioner, Michael Astrue, outdated listings in the impairment listing that do not take into account medical advances can allow disability examiners (examiners make decisions on disability claims at the disability application level and reconsideration level) to better identify those individuals who should qualify for disability benefits.
The press release also states that a new type of tool, a disability calculator, will be used to assist in the evaluation of disability claims for which chronic liver disease has been indicated as an impairment. Also, the peptic ulcer listing has apparently been removed (I can't recall, as a former examiner, ever having to refer to this particular listing, which probably points to the rationale for its removal from the blue book.
The Social Security Administration published new rules that update its medical listings for people filing for disability benefits based on digestive disorders, including diseases of the liver, stomach and colon.
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