The National Association of Disability Examiners (NADE) has released its Spring 2013 newsletter. NADE is an organization of the personnel who make initial and reconsideration determinations on Social Security disability claims. Here's a quote from the NADE President's column:
One issue that seemed to come to the forefront [in meetings with Social Security officials] was the destruction of prior paper folders, especially involving claimants in pay. We discussed with SSA officials the difficulties this caused while working CDRs [Continuing Disability Reviews]. We also discussed the cost savings associated with continuing to do the CDRs. That is, for every $1 spent on a CDR there are $12 in saving realized. We discussed the different funding mechanisms associated with the CDR workload. We discussed the current evaluation standards and the probable need to revisit the Medical Improvement Review Standards (MIRS).