Q: Do I need to submit a SSA-3369 Work History Report with an initial application?
The SSA-3369 Work History report is only necessary if/when DDS reaches step 4 of the Sequential Evaluation. In this case, DDS will contact you to request it. You can read more about the SSA-3369 here: https://soarworks.prainc.com/article/ssa-3369-work-history-report .
Q: During the ALJ hearing, is it okay to have your client physically demonstrate simple movements to show physical limitations that records may not document?
Not really. There are many reasons for this. Firstly, hearings are tape recorded and physical movements won’t show up on audio. As well, any physical limitations that are the basis of a disability claim must have medical records to back it up, not just an ALJ’s observations. Courts have discounted...
Q: Are there trainings available for physicians to help improve medical record documentation?
The Documenting Disabilities training from the National Health Care for the Homeless Council is a great way to train doctors in the community on creating medical records and documentation that can help assist with SSI/SSDI applications. It clarifies the myths and helps develop a better...
Q: What if a client has diagnoses of both personality disorder and depression? Do they apply under both categories?
Absolutely - when applying for SSI/SSDI you should include all physical and mental health conditions/diagnoses. A person can be approved based on impairments from one or a combination of illnesses.