TN 13 (05-02)

DI 26525.040 The MINE or MINE-Equivalent Diary - General

NOTE: Diary types are MIE, MIP, and MINE. All MINE criteria also apply to MINE-Equivalent cases.

A. Introduction

There are 3 MINE categories (see DI 26525.045B.). These categories are:

1. Age 54 1/2 or Older at MIE or MIP Diary Maturity

Generally, individuals who are of advanced age will receive MINE diaries. (See the MINE criteria in DI 26525.045B.1. for exceptions.)

2. Under Age 54 1/2 at MIP Diary Maturity

Generally, individuals will receive a MINE diary whom:

  • are currently under age 51 1/2 and do not meet a MIE criterion, and

  • have certain case characteristics (i.e., age, impairment, onset, and/or medical listing characteristics).

NOTE: Criteria in this MINE category are based on program experience under the MIRS and represent groups of individuals for whom cessations are infrequent (see DI 26525.045B.2.).

3. Other Permanent Disabilities

A MINE diary may be set for an individual who does not meet any other MINE criterion, when the case facts clearly demonstrate that cessation under the MIRS is not medically possible (see DI 26525.045B.3.).

NOTE: The MINE diary may now be set for children when a MINE criterion applies.

B. Policy

1. General

The overall purpose of the MINE criteria is to classify as permanently disabled any individual who meets a MINE criterion in:

  • DI 26525.045B.3. because of a chronic or progressive impairment, or combination of impairments, with permanent, irreversible structural damage or functional loss and for which there is no known effective therapy, treatment, or surgical intervention.

  • DI 26525.045B.1. or DI 26525.045B.2. because the impairment is static or progressive, or when considered with age and lack of recent work experience, may be considered permanent.

NOTE: SSA may change the permanent impairment classification whenever a medical improvement issue is raised (e.g., because of advances in medicine). See DI 28001.015 for further information.

2. MIE or Vocational Diary

There may be rare instances when an individual meets a MINE criterion, and a MIE or vocational diary is also appropriate. This includes situations where the case facts (e.g., recent surgery) strongly suggest that the MIRS criteria will almost certainly be met by the proposed diary date. (See DI 26525.025B. for MIE diary guidelines and DI 26525.050 for vocational diary guidelines).

EXAMPLE: This example relates to evaluation of angina under the impairment criterion in DI 26525.045B.2. (impairment code 4130). For an individual who is currently age 48, whose alleged onset date is 6 months ago, and who is 3 months post-cardiac bypass surgery for angina:

  • Set a MIE diary when the individual is currently demonstrating significant improvement and has no other impairments, and vocational factors are favorable.

  • Do not set a MIE diary if the individual has other chronic or progressive impairments, adverse vocational factors at the time of diary maturity, and a maximum residual functional capacity for a limited range of sedentary work.

C. Procedure

Complete the diary block of Forms SSA-831-C3/U3 (item 17) and SSA-832-C3/U3 SSA-833-C3/U3 (item 23) as follows:

1. Diary Type

Enter “MRP”.

2. Diary Date

Enter a two-digit code for the month, day, and year 84 months in the future, counting the month of adjudication. Use “01” for the day (e.g., if this decision is in 4/02, diary for 03/01/09).

3. Diary Reason

Enter “7”.

D. Reference

SSA-831-C3/U3 coding instructions, DI 26510.020E.