Thursday, September 29, 2011

Conditions on SSA "Compassionate Allowance" List Get Quicker Decisions

Social Security added 12 new medical conditions to the list of "Compassionate Allowance" or "CAL" conditions in July 2011. This brings the number of Compassionate Allowance conditions to 100. Claims based on conditions in the CAL list are decided more quickly.
According to SSA, "the [CAL] initiative is designed to quickly identify diseases and other medical conditions that invariably qualify under the Listing of Impairments based on minimal, but sufficient, objective medical information.
"If the condition does not meet these strict criteria, it will not be designated as a CAL case.
"All CAL-identified conditions are entered into the Predictive Model (PM) and are selected for CAL processing based solely on the claimant’s allegations listed on the SSA-3368 (Disability Report—Adult) or SSA-3820—(Disability Report—Child). Like Quick Disability Determinations (QDD), CAL cases will receive expedited processing within the context of the existing disability determination process." Program Operation Manual System (POMS) DI 23022.015
Go to for a list of conditions qualifying for CAL