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Dr. Podell is one of the nation’s leading integrative medicine physicians—combining the best of mainstream science with natural healing, nutritional, and complementary alternative medicine. In 2012 The Star-Ledger’s Inside Jersey Magazine named Dr. Podell one of New Jersey’s “Best TOP Doctors” as did the Castle Connolly survey in 2013.
Message from the Author - Dr. Richard Podell:
At the request of the National Organization of Social Security Claimant Representatives (NOSSCR) I've written an essay to help people who apply for social security disability under Fibromyalgia satisfy the very new guidelines that social security put in place in 2012.
The new rules are very patient friendly in that they give much weight to the many symptoms other than pain that patients endure. But they also require calculation of the WPI and SS pain and symptom indices--that most physicians have no knowledge of. But if the doctors aren't educated about these guidelines, they can't write a report that satisfies Social Security's requirements.
I have my NOSSCR essay on my website along with worksheets to do the WPI and SS scores and also a "model letter" that could be adapted to individual patients.