Continuing Social Security Disability Review

You may have already applied for Social Security Disability benefits and been approved, either through acceptance of your initial application, an Administrate Law Judge ruling, or a successful appeal of denied benefits. However, just because you have begun receiving SSD payments does not mean you are out of the disability process. All Social Security Disability (SSD) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits recipients are subject to a periodic review of their disability claim. This review is known as the Continuing Disability Review (CDR) and the results of the review determine whether or not your disability benefits continue. The form for the review may be quite extensive, even as long as the initial application. For this reason, it is important to have a qualified disability attorney assist with your CDR.

When Will My Disability Claim Be Reviewed?

Determination of a “diary date,” or scheduled CDR date, is made based on an individual claimant’s expected medical improvement. The Social Security Administration (SSA) classifies each disability in relation to the likelihood of recovery and schedules the Continuing Disability Review accordingly:

  • Medical Improvement Expected (MIE) – If a benefits recipient’s disabling medical condition is expected to improve, a CDR is generally scheduled within 6-18 months of disability confirmation
  • Medical Improvement Possible (MIP) – The majority of those receiving Social Security disability benefits fall into this category and can expect a CDR once every three years
  • Medical Improvement Not Expected (MINE) – Even if the SSA and medical providers do not expect a disability beneficiary’s medical condition to improve, a CDR is scheduled generally no sooner than every seven years

When your disability review approaches, you will be sent either a “short form” or “long form” documenting your disability status. A Social Security disability lawyer can help you complete the CDR form and submit it to the Social Security Administration. A Social Security claim representative may conduct your disability review through a scheduled appointment, by phone, or even by mail.

What Will Cause My Disability Benefits to Stop?

If you demonstrate improvement in your medical condition, either through a return to work at a job paying $1000 per month or more, or through objective evidence of improvement (such as medical records or physician statement), you will cease to receive disability benefits. If a CDR determines your disabling condition to be unimproved, you will continue to receive disability benefits until you are able to return to work or until your next disability review.