DI 27021.020 Rationale for Claims Escalated to the Reconsideration Level
Combined initial and reconsideration determinations occur when a claimant files a related claim, involving the same issue, while a reconsideration request is pending; escalate the newly filed claim to the reconsideration level. Combined determinations prepared under these instructions are reconsideration determinations.
B. Procedure for preparing combined determination rationales
Prepare a combined initial and reconsideration determination on the related claim with the heading: Combined Initial and Reconsideration Determination.
Prepare a reconsideration determination on the pending claim.
Indicate in the discussion of technical issues the reason for the combined determination.
The other elements of the rationale as outlined in DI 27020.005 remain unchanged.