Remember to Document Medical Visits For Reviews

People who collect Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) may not be aware that periodically they may be required to go through a “continuing disability review” (CDR). This review takes place every couple of years to determine if you are still disabled.

During a CDR, the Social Security Administration (SSA) may ask every three to seven years for documents relating to your condition. The SSA is looking for possible medical improvements through documentation. Some situations that may trigger a CDR include: your return to work, medical evidence suggesting that your condition has improved, claims that suggest that you may not be following treatment protocol or your consent that your condition has improved.

The SSA will notify you if you have a CDR, as it will send you either a short form (Disability Update Report) or long form (Continuing Disability Review Report). On these forms, the SSA may inquire about X-Rays, EKGs and blood tests, and/or whether you have the ability to work. After reviewing your information, the SSA may decide to send you to a doctor for a consultative examination.

CDRs are an important reminder to document visits to hospitals, doctors, specialists and other medical professionals you have seen related to your condition. If you have questions about applying for disability benefits or are unsure if you qualify, contact a Tulsa Social Security disability attorney. We offer free consultations, and you may reach us by phone at (918) 587-0050. Contact us today to learn more about your rights.

Troutman & Troutman, P.C. – Tulsa Social Security disability attorneys

Troutman Touts: The SSA can review your household income and living arrangements to make sure you continue to meet benefit requirements.


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