What is a Continuing Disability Review?

By Disability Group

Once you start receiving your disability benefits, your case will be periodically reviewed to evaluate whether you remain disabled. This review, a Continuing Disability Review (CDR), is done by the Disability Determination Services (DDS).

How often is my case reviewed?

How often a case is reviewed depends on whether the DDS expects the disabled claimant to recover. If recovery is expected a CDR may be done within 6 to 18 months after the disability benefits start.  If recovery is possible, a CDR will be done no sooner than 3 years. If improvement is not expected, a CDR will be done no sooner than 7 years.

What is a CDR?

A CDR is a medical review. The DDS is trying to determine if the limitations of your condition still meet the current disability requirements.  The CDR includes filling out forms describing your current condition including doctor’s you are seeing. DDS will get your medical records. A consultative exam might be needed.  If your condition has not improved, your benefits will continue. If your condition has improved, the DDS will evaluate to see if your condition meets current disability requirements.

What can I do to make the CDR go smoothly?

DDS looks at the original status of your medical condition and compares it to your current medical condition to see if there has been significant improvement.

1.)   It is important that you continue to go to your doctor for treatment. If you do not continue to see your doctor, DDS will order a Consultative Exam to assess your current condition.

2.)   Be honest. Do not exaggerate the symptoms caused by your current medical condition. Also do not portray your condition as better than it is.

3.)   Tell your disability case worker about any new conditions or treatments you have received. DDS is obligated to evaluate all new conditions.

If you receive a notice that your benefits are being terminated, you are entitled to an interview with the person making this decision regarding your case. If your benefits are still terminated after this interview, you have the right to appeal the decision to an administrative law judge.