Status of Compassionate Allowance and Quick Disability Determination Expedited Cases

Date: 
Wednesday, March 16, 2016
Report Number: 
A-01-16-50051
Report Type: 
Audit Report
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We conducted this review to assess the status, 5 years later, of claimants processed through two expedited case initiatives. In our prior reviews of the Social Security Administration’s (SSA) Compassionate Allowance (CAL) and Quick Disability Determination (QDD) initiatives, we sampled 850 disability cases. We found that SSA had expedited these cases, medically allowed 793, and denied 57.

Once an individual receives disability benefits, SSA conducts a continuing disability review (CDR) to ensure only those who remain disabled receive benefits.

Besides CDRs, SSA performs periodic redeterminations to verify that Title XVI recipients continue to meet specific non-medical eligibility criteria.

For this report, we revisited these 850 cases (sampled from 41,524 CAL and 40,432 QDD cases) and used SSA’s systems to obtain payment status, CDR information, overpayment information, work activity, and other relevant data as of June 2015.