Social Security Disability Definitions
Social Security Disability and SSI Overview
The Requirements for Disability
Social Security Disability and SSI Applications
Tips and Advice for Disability Claims
How long does Disability take?
Common Mistakes after Receiving a Disability Denial
Disability Denials and Filing Appeals
Social Security Mental Disability Benefits
Disability Benefits offered through Social Security
Benefits through SSI disability
Disability Benefits for Children
Disability Qualifications and How to Qualify
Social Security Disability and Working
Winning your Disability Benefits
Social Security Back Pay and the disability award notice
Disability Lawyers and Hiring an Attorney
Social Security Disability SSI List of Conditions
What is considered a Disabling condition by Social Security?
Social Security Disability SSI and Medical Evidence
Filing for Disability Benefits
Eligibility for Disability Benefits
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For Social Security Disability or SSI, What Does It Mean When Your Case Gets Sent Out For Review?
All Social Security Disability and Supplemental Securing Income disability (SSI) beneficiaries will have a continuing disability review (CDR) if they receive disability benefits long enough. When Social Security approves a disability claim, that claim is scheduled for a future medical disability review.
Generally, continuing disability reviews are scheduled every three years based upon the possibility of medical improvement; however there are some disability claims that receive medical review dates that are less than three years. And some receive medical review dates that are more that three years--up to seven years. The likelihood of medical improvement, and sometimes the disability beneficiary’s age play a part in the length of time between disability reviews.
If Social Security feels that there is a strong likelihood of medical improvement, they sometimes schedule a medical review date that is less than three years. But if the disability beneficiary’s disabling condition has very little chance of medical improvement, they may receive a seven year medical disability review diary.
If your disability case comes up for medical review, your local Social Security office will contact you for your CDR, or continuing disability review. Some claims representatives do their continuing disability reviews in person, while others will do them by phone or even allow you to complete the necessary paper work and return it by mail. It really depends upon the method the claims representative prefers.
Although the claims representative has a choice in how they do their continuing disability reviews, nothing is written in stone. If you feel that you cannot do an in-person interview for your continuing medical review due to your condition or other impediments, you can request a method of contact that is more suitable for you.
Once your continuing medical review is completed by the claims representative at the social security office, it is sent to a state disability determination agency for a decision (DDS, otherwise known as disability determination services). This is most likely the same state disability agency that made your initial disability (and your reconsideration appeal if you had to use the Social Security disability appeal process to win your approval for disability benefits).
For the most part, continuing medical reviews will not change your eligibility for disability benefits unless your medical information shows that medical improvement in your case is supported by objective medical information, or your have shown medical improvement by going back to work at a substantial and gainful activity level. Substantial gainful activity or SGA is a monthly earnings amount that Social Security has determined is self-supporting.
Return to: Social Security Disability Resource Center, or read answers to Questions
Information on the following topics can be found here: Social Security Disability Questions and in these subsections:
Frequently asked questions about getting Denied for Disability Benefits | FAQ on Disability Claim Representation | Info about Social Security Disability Approvals and Being Approved | FAQ on Social Security Disability SSI decisions | The SSD SSI Decision Process and what gets taken into consideration | Disability hearings before Judges | Medical exams for disability claims | Applying for Disability in various states | Selecting and hiring Disability Lawyers | Applying for Disability in North Carolina | Recent articles and answers to questions about SSD and SSI
These pages answer some of the most basic questions for individuals who are considering filing a claim.
Filing for disability - How to file for SSD or SSI and the Information that is needed by Social Security
How to Apply for Disability - What medical conditions can you apply and qualify for?
Applying for Disability - How long does it take to get Social Security Disability or SSI benefits?
What happens if I file a disability application and it is denied by a disability examiner or Judge?
How to Prove you are disabled and qualify to win disability benefits
How do you prove your disability case if you have a mental condition or impairment?
Social Security Disability Back pay and How Long it Takes to Qualify for it and receive it
Social Security Disability SSI - Eligibility Requirements and Qualifications Criteria