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Social Security: Continuing Disability Reviews: If An Investigator Comes Calling


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Continuing Disability Reviews (CDRs) are rarely conducted using an investigative approach.  Most reviews will begin by mail asking you to fill out forms and to submit them to the local office. Then the CDR process continues very much the same way an initial disability claim is processed.  The local office develops any technical issues, such as work activity. The Department of Disability Determination (DDS) obtains the medical evidence needed to determine whether your medical condition has improved. Some cases might require additional information, such as a consultative examination. Investigations as described in this article are generally only used as part of a potential fraud investigation - but there may also be a spot check.

If an investigator comes calling, you have no choice about whether to submit to the review if you want to keep your benefits.

What to expect

  • Investigators only ask questions.
  • There will not be a physical exam. While investigators probably had some training classes on medical conditions, investigators will not give you a physical examination. You may be asked to take a consultative exam. If so, read our article about consultative examinations.

It is advisable to prepare for the meeting. Read our tips for taking control of the meeting.

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