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What goes into a complete medical history?

In terms of applying for social security disability benefits in Rhode Island, compiling your medical history could require a few additional steps than it might for other purposes, such as changing insurance companies. However, following the rules precisely typically prevents the extensive processing delays commonly associated with disability applications.

If you were in urgent need of back pay or benefits, it would be even more essential to submit a complete application. Many people submit incomplete or faulty data only to find, to their chagrin, that the oversight multiplied the amount of waiting time considerably.

The Privacy Rights Clearinghouse lists on its website a lengthy but useful guide to compiling a general medical history. Although the focus of the article is on protecting your personal information, it also contains some useful ideas on how to organize and maintain your health data:

  • Keep a treatment journal that includes details not found in medical records, such as conversation topics
  • Request official copies of the provider's files

While these practices could help you keep current on your health records, they might not be adequate for an SSD benefits application. For example, there are rules requiring certain records to be recent. 

The application process for social security might necessitate getting back into contact with certain care providers, or else filling out the gaps in your personal records. Any misstep along the way could lead to delays as the examiners contact your doctors — or research how to contact them — on your behalf. Please do not regard this as legal advice. It is meant only to inform you about the subject.

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