Complete a Form SSA-454-BK (Continuing Disability Review Report) and SSA-827s (Authorization
to Release Medical Information to the Social Security Administration) or local authorization
form. Obtain SSA-827s according to DI 11005.055 and regional policy. The DDS will initiate medical development.
Explain that the individual/payee is responsible for submitting evidence to prove
that disability continues. SSA will assist in obtaining this information but the individual
must submit the names and addresses of treating sources and give permission for SSA
to obtain the evidence.
Explain that a prompt response is required to any later DDS contact or request to
appear for a consultative examination (CE). Careful attention should be given to the
possibility, however, that the very nature of the individual’s impairment (i.e. psychiatric)
may hinder cooperation. Annotate the file to alert the DDS. Failure to cooperate issues
should be handled in accordance with DI 13015.001 ff. The file should document all efforts made to gain the individual’s cooperation.
The individual should be informed that the CDR can be a lengthy process. Medical sources
do not always respond promptly. The DDS needs time to evaluate the evidence and, should
the file not contain sufficient evidence for a decision, a CE would be required.
Upon completion of the interview the SSA-454-BK and the SSA-827s should be prong filed
on the right side of the claims folder (if the FO has the folder), folder movement
should be documented in the Disability Control File (DCF), and the folder should be
sent to the DDS via an SSA-408 unless the CDR is deferred and the folder returned