Before determining whether MINE or MINE-equivalent processing is appropriate, the
Determine no “screen out” conditions apply.
Review the claims folder to determine that the comparison point decision (CPD) and
medical evidence are in the file.
The FO will stop the CDR if the case meets one or more "screen out" criteria.
NOTE: The screen-out instructions in DI 28003.005 apply to all cases, including MINE or MINE-equivalent cases.
Once the FO determines that the case cannot be screened-out, the FO then determines
if the case should be referred to the disability determination services (DDS) as a
MINE or MINE-equivalent case.