A recent study reveals that there has been a steady increase in the numbers of children beneficiaries for disability social security. The Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program is the one responsible for extending financial assistance to disabled individuals who also have limited resources. According to the study, there had been an increase of as much as 1.8 percent in the number of children who received SSI benefits from the years 2004 to 2013. Among the identified contributing factors for this increase in recipients are 10 major mental disorders, such as depression, bipolar disorder, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), intellectual disability and autism spectrum disorder.
It does not necessarily mean, however, that the increase in beneficiary population can only be attributed to the applications for mental disorders. In fact, it’s been found that the likelihood that the applications for disability benefits are on account of mental disorders have shown a decrease throughout the same period. What does remain clear, however, is that this increase will affects the number of patients to be handled in medical institutions. With this development, it becomes all the more critical for the hospital or medical organization to be able to manage the registration, patient records and other documentation that will facilitate their revenue cycle management system. Financing One of the requirements that must be fulfilled before a child could successfully be enrolled for the social security disability for children is the family’s income level. The process to determine the capacity of one or both parents to cover for the medical expenses of the child’s condition is otherwise known as “deeming”. The applying child, therefore, must be able to meet the set standards for the SSI income limit in order to be granted with the disability benefits. Other Factors for SSI Application Age and type of medical condition are the other important factors that must be addressed when filing for children’s SSI. The medical provider must be able to determine this information correctly, because the age of the patient at the time of treatment or admission will inevitably affect the validity and implementation of their medical coverage or policy. For your organization to make the most out of your revenue cycle management system in place, It’s best to seek for professional advice from agencies or groups that do offer assistance for filing for disability, such as DECO. Sources: Rise in Disability Benefits for Children with Mental Disorders Consistent with Population Trends. ScienceDaily. Mental Disorders and Disabilities Among Low-Income Children. The National Academic Press.