The Social Security Administration (SSA) usually conducts periodic assessments on individuals receiving disability benefits. The purpose of these reviews is to ensure that only qualifying and deserving people are receiving the benefits.
A continuing disability review (CDR) happens once every couple of years, depending on your medical condition. Temporary conditions or disabilities get more frequent reviews compared to permanent cases.
If the SSA reaches out to you for updated information about your medical condition, you must respond accordingly. Otherwise, your benefits may be stopped.
What do you need to do?
What the SSA seeks to find out is whether your disability or condition has medically improved to the point where you can return to work and engage in substantial gainful activity. As such, you should have your medical records ready and updated. They will provide key pointers as to your current condition.
It is equally crucial to follow your doctor’s treatment course in anticipation of these reviews. Failure to adhere to your doctor’s instructions may negatively affect your disability review as it could be deemed that you are not doing what is needed to improve.
Your work history since qualifying for disability benefits will also come under scrutiny. If you have been employed, engaged in any work activity, or attempted to return to work, you should disclose that in your review. Remember to fill the SSA forms with complete and accurate information to avoid issues with your disability review.
Seek help if you have any questions
Continuing disability reviews can be intimidating, especially if it is your first time. Therefore, do not hesitate to seek assistance if you encounter any difficulties or are unsure of the information you need to provide.