The Social Security Disability Medical Review
Once you have been approved for disability you will begin receiving your monthly benefit from Social Security, and periodically Social Security will conduct a medical review of your claim.
Most individuals will have a medical review every three years, although some individuals receive medical reviews every seven years. Individuals with seven-year review date have conditions that are usually permanent, and are not likely to improve.
The medical review process sometimes includes a face-to-face interview, however it can be done by mail or telephone interview. Social Security requests an update on your medical information, work, or educational activities, and sends the information to the state disability agency to determine if you have had any medical improvement since your began receiving disability or your last review. If there has been no determinable improvement in your medical and/or mental condition, you will continue to receive your disability benefits.
However, if medical improvement in your disabling condition has been documented, you may lose your entitlement to a disability benefit. This is known as a disability cessation.
You have right to appeal Social Security's decision. Additionally, while you are waiting you are allowed to continue your disability benefits. You only have to appeal your cessation within ten days to request the payment continuation.
Remember, even if you miss the ten-day payment continuation deadline, you still can appeal you disability cessation within the sixty-day appeal period.
About the Author: Tim Moore is a former Social Security Disability Examiner in North Carolina, has been interviewed by the NY Times and the LA Times on the disability system, and is an Accredited Disability Representative (ADR) in North Carolina. For assistance on a disability application or Appeal in NC, click here.
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