The Social Security Administration periodically checks up on Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) beneficiaries and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) beneficiaries to assure that the individuals continue to be disabled. This process is called continuing disability review (CDR).
These reviews will happen at various times. The frequency of these reviews depends upon the medical condition and age of the recipient. A review can happen at 6-18 months for conditions that are expected to improve. If there is a possibility for improvement, then a review will be triggered at three years. For those conditions where improvement is not expected, a review happens anywhere from 5-7 years. It is noteworthy that reviews are more frequent for those beneficiaries under the age of 50. This is because the standard to be found disabled is higher for those under 50.
CDR can be triggered by certain events. These include returning to work, reporting an improvement, medical evidence showing improvement, a third party reporting failure to follow treatment, or a new treatment becoming available for your medical condition.
These reviews entail SSA obtaining the medical records from the year prior to the CDR notice. Thus, it is important to continue going to the doctor even after being found disabled. If these records are insufficient, SSA can send the individual to a consultative exam. Your disability benefits will continue as long as the condition remains the same. Improvements are evaluated to determine whether the individual is capable of working. The benefits will cease if it is determine that you can work.