A DDS disability hearing is an evidentiary meeting that provides the claimant an opportunity
to review the evidence, introduce new evidence, and present their objections to an
unfavorable medical determination before a DHO.
NOTE: The DDS disability hearing at the reconsideration level applies to CDR determinations
and adverse medical reopenings, and does not apply to initial disability determinations
claims unless the new application is forwarded for association with a pending case
that is subject to the reconsideration CDR process.
For information on reconsiderations of initial disability claims, see DI 12005.001 Documenting a Request for Reconsideration of an Initial Disability Claim.