Social Security numbers and HIPPA 

It is generally understood that Social Security numbers are considered private information. However, there are many more identifiers that are considered to be covered under the Health Insurance Portability and Accounting Act.  Representative Payee’s are covered under this law. Some of the other identifiers covered include: Full or last name and initial Addresses, including e-mail […]

Social Security Administration Reviews 

As we have discussed in previous BLOGS the SSA has adopted a new system of reviews in accordance with the Strengthening Protections for Social Security Beneficiaries Act of 2018. Our members are reporting some of the important issues covered during the reviews: Contact with client Account titling: On Bank statement Agency Federal Fiduciary (type of […]

Social Security Administration and Protection and Advocacy reviews. 

This year there has been a change in the way that audits, particularly for fee for service organizations are being conducted. If you organization is contacted to conduct a review require that all requests be made in writing. It is also not unreasonable to require a two week scheduling notice. Once the names have been […]

Social Security Administration and HR 4547 

Strengthening protections for Social Security Beneficiaries Act of 2018 The law requires that the Commissioner of the Social Security Administration make annual grants in the amount of no less than $25,000,000 directly to the State Protection and Advisory groups. The law allows State P&As to: Conduct all periodic onsite reviews and additional discretionary reviews Develop […]

Social Security Administration and Escheated Funds 

The Social Security Administration has established procedures for returning funds rightfully due to them. However, often a beneficiary dies and has no known relatives nor estate to claim those funds. Each individual State has a law establishing the procedures to follow disbursing those funds. The funds need to be escheated in accordance with state law.  […]