Social Security Disability: How Continuing Disability Reviews WorkBy Katherine L on January 30, 2019 | In Social Security Disability
Those who are receiving Social Security Disability (SSDI) payments must have their medical conditions reviewed periodically. The purpose of these Continuing Disability Reviews (CDRs) is to determine if your medical impairment has improved to the point that you are able to work. If the Social Security Administration (SSA) finds that you are no longer disabled, your benefits will stop.
Continuing Disability Reviews Timing Based on Medical Improvement Expectation
Based on your disability, the SSA will assign an individual review schedule for you. Your schedule will be based on the likelihood that your medical condition will improve and ranges from every 6 months to every 7 years as follows:
- If improvement is expected, your case will be reviewed within 6 to 18 months after you begin receiving benefits.
- If improvement is possible, your condition will be reviewed no sooner than 3 years.
- If improvement is not expected, normally your case will be reviewed no sooner than 5 to 7 years.
Instead of a full medical review, you may receive a Disability Update Report in the form of a questionnaire. Here you will report whether your health status has improved and list recent medical care as well as any employment or training activities. Your answers may trigger a full medical review if you report improvement or work activity. Failure to complete and return the questionnaire may also prompt a full medical review.
In the case of a child who is receiving SSDI, the SSA will review his or her condition via a CDR every 3 years if the child’s medical condition may improve. A CDR may also be initiated if the condition is not expected to improve.
Be Prepared for a CDR
First of all, don’t panic when you receive a CDR notice. You need to be prepared for these ongoing reviews so you can reply promptly.
- Always keep copies of all documents that you send to the SSA.
- Keep up with your medical appointments.
- Keep a record of all medical tests and treatments.
- Keep your mailing address current with the SSA so you will receive your CDR notice right away.
- Read the CDR notice right away and respond on time. Be sure to attach any required documentation. If you need more time, just contact the SSA and request an extension.
- Reply to both medical and work-related questions honestly and completely.
If you feel that your SSDI benefits have unjustly been terminated, reach out for an attorney experienced in SSDI claims and appeals for help.
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