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Social Security Act - Section 205(b);
Regulations 20 CFR, Sections 404.900-404.922, 404.993, 404.1546, 416.946, 416.1400-416.1422, 416.1462 and 422.140.
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GN 04448.401 Overview — Disability Hearing Review
A. Policy Principles
The Secretary of Health and Human Services is required to make available a face-to-face evidentiary hearing (called a disability hearing) to each title II beneficiary who requests reconsideration of a determination that his/her impairment is found to have ceased, not to have existed, or to no longer be disabling.
Implementing regulations extend the disability hearing process to comparable title XVI and concurrent title II/title XVI beneficiaries. The hearing does not replace or in any way limit the Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) hearing.
Disability hearing reviewis a review by SSA of a disability determination made by a State or federal disability hearing officer (DHO ). The review is a two-step process.
C. Description of the Disability Hearing Review Process
1. STEP 1
The disability quality branch (DQB) identifies questionable disability hearing decisions in terms of conformance to the documentation, decision, or procedural standards in the Program Operations Manual System ( POMS ).
The DQB refers questionable decisions to the Office of Disability ( OD).
2. STEP 2
OD reviews cases referred by the DQB and determines the appropriate corrective action.
Reviewers must be familiar with the following: