Monday, January 13, 2014

Change to Hematological Listings (proposed)

The Social Security Administration is proposing changes to the Hematological Listings which have not been updated since 1985.  The proposed changes include:  Expansion and reordering of introductory text, section 7.00.  Using broad categories of hematological disorders.  Four Categories will be included. Listing 7.05:  Hemolytic anemias; Listing 7.08:  Disorders of hemostasis; Listing 7.10:  Disorders of bone marrow failure; and Listing 7.17 Hematologicl disorders treated by bone marrow or stem cell transplantation.  Also a new functional-based listing, 7.18 would be added.
The new proposed functional listing 7.18 requires a marked level of functional limitations in one of the following areas.  Limitations of activities of daily living, or limitations in maintaining social functioning, or limitations in completing tasks in timely manner due to deficiencies in concentration, persistence, or pace.
It should be interesting to see how the final listing comes out after SSA receives comments from the medical and legal community.  The proposed listing change will not impact any present Social Security Disability cases until a final version is released.  To see the present medical listing of impairments you can visit the SSA website listing page.  You should also visit my web page on the medical listing of impairments.