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New COVID-19 Reporting Guidelines for Nursing Homes Announced

The Centers For Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently announced new rules for long-term care facilities in response to the coronavirus pandemic. These measures are to be implemented as a means to improve transparency by requiring such facilities to disclose cases of coronavirus to both patients’ families as well as public health officials. However, it …

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Impact of Coronavirus on Consultative Examinations in Social Security Disability Claims

During most claims for SSDI and SSI disability benefits, the Social Security Administration (SSA) will require claimants to attend a consultative examination (CE) with a doctor assigned by SSA.  The purpose of the CE is to provide the SSA or an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) will additional medical information to determine what the individual’s impairments …

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NC Industrial Commission Issues Updates in Response to COVID-19

The Industrial Commission of North Carolina is the administrative body that handles and processes all workers’ compensation claims throughout the state. Since the outbreak of COVID-19, the Industrial Commission, like most businesses and organizations throughout the country, has undergone many policy and administrative changes. Attorney Joey Hodgin highlights some of these changes in the video …

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Should I Agree to a Telephone Hearing?

In response to the current coronavirus pandemic, the Social Security Administration has been forced to modify how it handles disability claims pending at the hearing level.  In response to the numerous shelter-in-place/stay at home orders and social distancing regulations implemented throughout the United States, all Social Security offices and hearing offices have been closed to …

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Obtaining Medical Treatment and Medical Records During COVID-19 Pandemic

For claimants filing for disability benefits, the success of the claim is always tied to their medical evidence.  Actively treating and having evidence to support a claimant’s case and hearing testimony is essential to being approved for benefits.  Conversely, not treating and a lack of medical evidence almost always derails even the best disability claim.  …

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With SSA Office Closures, Here’s How You Can Still Get Help With SSD

The spread of COVID-19, the Coronavirus, has greatly impacted individuals and businesses across the United States. In an effort to slow and ultimately stop the spread of the virus, businesses, including the Social Security Administration’s field office network, have been forced to temporarily shut down. Despite office closures, SSA will continue to offer its services …

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NC Lifts Unemployment Benefit Restrictions to Aid Those Impacted by COVID-19

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper is temporarily eliminating certain restrictions ordinarily placed on unemployment benefits in an effort to make it easier for individuals who have been affected by COVID-19, the Coronavirus, to qualify. He is also doing so in an effort to lessen the impact on businesses. Cooper made the decision after announcing that …

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