Screening for Expediting a Case at the Appeals Council Level

July 27, 2016

Currently it is taking the Appeals Council over 18 months to issue decisions on most appeals. The Appeals Council has started screening cases to see if they meet any of the 21 circumstances listed below to see if they be assigned a priority status.   The list of circumstances includes:

  • Age 55
  • Death
  • Hospice care or inability to care for personal needs
  • ICU for more than 3 days
  • Hospitalization for more than 7 days
  • Transplant of an organ
  • Waiting list for transplant of an organ
  • Cancer with poor or no response to treatment
  • Cancer spread to other areas
  • Coma
  • Heart attack/MI
  • Stroke/CVA
  • Prescribed use of home oxygen
  • Prescribed use of a wheelchair
  • VA rating over 70%
  • Letter approving other forms of disability
  • Terminal condition
  • End State Renal Disease
  • Blood transfusion
  • Bed or home confinement
  • Very rare, unusual or compassionate allowance condition

If you one of the above situations applies to you, contact Tracy Tyson Miller at 904-981-9812.

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