Continuing Disability Review (CDR)

The Social Security Administration will periodically review your case to make sure that you are still disabled.

After you are approved for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits, the Social Security Administration will periodically review your case to make sure that you are still disabled. This review is called a Continuing Disability Review (CDR).

The Social Security Administration (SSA) performs two types of reviews, a medical continuing disability review and a work continuing disability review. Under a work review, the SSA looks at your earnings to determine if you are eligible for monthly benefits. A medical review is done by a DDS examiner and he/she determines if you are still meeting the medical requirements to collect disability. If you do not meet the medical requirements, SSA may stop your disability benefits.

Depending on the severity of your conditions and the evidence that was available at the time your claim was decided, your claim will typically be reviewed every one, three, or seven years. When a person is found to be disabled or when a CDR is performed, the DDS examiner sets a date, called a diary, when the next review is scheduled to be performed. So, if the DDS examiner who approved your disability claim felt that your condition might improve in the next year or two, then you might be given a one-year or a three-year diary date for a review of your disability claim. However, if your condition is not expected to improve much in the near future, then you may be given a seven-year diary date for a review of your disability claim.

When conducting your CDR, the evidence needed is similar to what was needed for your initial claim for Social Security disability benefits. You will be asked to fill out forms describing your current condition and list all of the places where you have received treatment. The examiner will obtain copies of all recent medical records. If your medical records are not current, you might be asked to attend a Consultative Exam. If you fail to provide information or if you fail to attend an examination that is scheduled for you, your benefits might be terminated.

If your condition has not improved since Social Security last looked at your case, then your disability benefits will continue.

If your condition has improved, then social security will look to see if your disability meets the current rules for determining disability.

If your Social Security disability benefits are terminated, you can appeal the decision to an administrative law judge.

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