Process improvement ensures high-quality disability benefit evaluation
UMass Chan AffiliationsCommonwealth Medicine, Disability Evaluation Services
Document TypeBlog Post
public retirement systems
Disability Evaluation Services
SSA Listings of Impairments review
Health Law and Policy
Health Services Administration
Health Services Research
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AbstractOngoing quality management and review of disability benefit evaluation processes and procedures is critical for state and municipal retirement system administrators. Public retirement systems may be challenged in these areas due to limited time and resources. Working with a partner who is skilled in assisting organizations with all aspects of their medical review needs can ease the burden. UMass Medical School’s Disability Evaluation Services offers comprehensive disability evaluation solutions with a focus on quality improvement and client satisfaction. Having the clinical expertise to provide medical board review recommendations and case management is just one of our strengths.
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