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MEDICAL DISABILITY HEARING OFFICER - 64005301

Date: Nov 29, 2017

Location: TAMPA, FL, US, 33614

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Requisition No: 25074 

Agency: Department of Health

Working Title: MEDICAL DISABILITY HEARING OFFICER - 64005301

Position Number: 64005301 

Salary:  TBD 

Posting Closing Date: 12/13/2017 

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH

DIVISION OF DISABILITY DETERMINATIONS

 

THIS REQUISITION WILL BE USED TO FILL VACANCIES IN MULTIPLE LOCATIONS:

Tallahassee        Orlando     Tampa        Jacksonville     Miami      Pensacola

 

POSITION INFORMATION: INTERNAL COMPETITIVE OPPORTUNITY

TITLE:

ADMINISTRATIVE LAW JUDGES, ADJUDICATORS AND HEARING OFFICERS

MEDICAL DISABILITY HEARING OFFICER

 

*******VALID DRIVER’S LICENSE REQUIRED*******

POSITION LOCATION:

TAMPA/HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY

POSITION #:

64005301

SALARY:

$36,467.60 - $66,140.69 Annually

POSITION DESCRIPTION:

This is professional work conducting hearings on disability cases in which the cessation of benefits is contested. The incumbent has legal authority and responsibility to determine what weight will be given to specific kinds of evidence in rendering a decision. The incumbent reviews the previous determination, schedules an evidentiary hearing, if appropriate, and issues an independent decision according to established criteria/protocol, which is not subject to any internal quality review. This position requires a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of physical and mental impairments, vocational factors, and provisions of Title II and/or Title XVI of Social Security law.

POSITION DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES:

Current employment with the Division of Disability Determinations processing federal Social Security Disability Claims is required.

 

Reviews contested disability cessations and determines what evidence has been presented in support of the claim.

  • May confer with medical and other consultants to resolve complex issues.
  • May modify or reverse the contested decision without conducting a face-to-face hearing.

Conducts face-to face evidentiary hearings on contested disability cessations.

  • Travels to Social Security Field Offices or other designated sites to conduct evidentiary hearings. This includes travel to other area offices to conduct evidentiary hearings during peak workloads or absences.
  • Verifies that representative(s) have met the legal requirements to function in the capacity for legal representation.
  • Describes rule of law to be observed during the interview.
  • Explains in non-technical terms the disability requirements as related to the claimant’s condition.
  • Discusses evidence in file; determines if other evidence is available which may impact on the claimant’s ability to work.
  • Administers oath to the claimant and any witnesses who may give testimony; questions the claimant, representative and/or witnesses, recording relevant testimony.
  • Maintains the proper pace and decorum during the hearing; uses discretion and judgment in excluding witnesses; calls for recess, termination, postponement, or granting of a continuance.
  • If indicated by testimony or observations at the hearing, initiates additional development by securing medical evidence of record and/or authorizing the purchase of medical and/or psychological diagnostic services.

Renders a formal decision based on evidentiary requirements of Social Security law, rules and regulations.

  • Evaluates the evidence as to the relevancy, credibility and probative value and determines the claimant’s capacity to engage in substantial gainful activity.
  • Researches resource material on court decisions, rulings, and remands that impact on disability rules and regulations for use in completing functional assessments and/or vocational analyses.
  • Prepares a legal document, subject to review by the courts, which explains the disability decision in accordance with Social Security law and regulations.
  • May prepare the correspondence and select the appropriate forms and pamphlets to accompany the notice that is sent to the claimant and any authorized representative.

Processes claims related to court-ordered class members’ claims.

  • Conducts class membership screening and verifies jurisdiction.
  • Applies special review criteria required by court’s order.
  • Conducts evidentiary hearings as required.
  • Complies with special reporting requirements to plaintiff’s counsel.

Performs other work as required.

  • May assist Operations by assuming special caseloads as deemed appropriate by agency and/or area management staff, performing all necessary and appropriate actions on such cases.
  • Implements regulatory policy and procedural changes received from SSA and updates manuals accordingly.
  • Ensures the confidentiality of communications relative to claims management in accordance with Federal Privacy Act of 1974 by approximately authorizing disclosures of information.
  • Continually updates knowledge of medical and techniques factors as it impacts on the ability to analyze and adjudicate claims, attends conferences and training programs.
  • Responds verbally and in writing to inquiries from public officials and SSA Field Offices.
  • Identifies and documents problems with Panel physicians and other medical sources for referral to the appropriate Management Analyst (PRO).
  • Discloses pertinent medical evidence from consultative examinations to attending physicians when requested by the claimant or when the information reveals a previously undiagnosed condition that may require immediate treatment.
  • Must assure that approval of invoices be completed within five (5) working days as required by Section 215.422, F.S. and Chapter 3A-24 of the Florida Administrative Code.

KNOWLEDGE SKILLS & ABILITIES REQUIRED:

  • Knowledge of anatomy, physiology, function, dysfunction, and disease processes.
  • Knowledge of computer operations, and office automation equipment.
  • Ability to understand and apply applicable rules, regulations, policies and procedures relating to the processing of Social Security disability benefits.

BACKGROUND CHECKS:

This position requires a security background check and/or drug screening and participation in direct deposit.

NOTE: You will be required to provide you Social Security Number (SSN) in order to conduct this background check.

APPLICANT INFORMATION:

***NOTE: All responses provided to the qualifying questions for this vacancy advertisement must be verifiable on your State of Florida employment application. ***

Male applicants born on or after October 1, 1962, will not be eligible for hire or promotion unless they are registered with the Selective System (SSS) before their 26th birthday, or have a Letter of Registration Exemption from the SSS. For more information, please visit the SSS website: http://www.sss.gov

If you are a retiree of the Florida Retirement System (FRS), please check with the FRS on how your current benefits will be affected if you are re-employed with the State of Florida. Your current retirement benefits may be canceled, suspended or deemed ineligible depending upon the date of your retirement.

We hire only U.S. citizens and lawfully authorized alien workers.

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The State of Florida is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Affirmative Action Employer, and does not tolerate discrimination or violence in the workplace.

Candidates requiring a reasonable accommodation, as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act, must notify the agency hiring authority and/or People First Service Center (1-866-663-4735). Notification to the hiring authority must be made in advance to allow sufficient time to provide the accommodation.

The State of Florida supports a Drug-Free workplace. All employees are subject to reasonable suspicion drug testing in accordance with Section 112.0455, F.S., Drug-Free Workplace Act.

VETERANS’ PREFERENCE.  Pursuant to Chapter 295, Florida Statutes, candidates eligible for Veterans’ Preference will receive preference in employment for Career Service vacancies and are encouraged to apply.  Candidates claiming Veterans’ Preference must attach supporting documentation with each submission that includes character of service (for example, DD Form 214 Member Copy #4) along with any other documentation as required by Rule 55A-7, Florida Administrative Code.  Veterans’ Preference documentation requirements are available by clicking here.  All documentation is due by the close of the vacancy announcement. 


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