Due to the continuing disability review (CDR) mailer process described in DI 40502.000, medical CDR alerts no longer require screening. The Processing Center (PC) reviews
the completed mailer and profile data sheet to decide if the Office of Disability
Operations (ODO) requires a full medical CDR(s) at that time. If we do not need a
full medical CDR, re-diary the case. Based on PC input, the system produces alerts
only for those cases in which ODO needs full medical CDRs.
In addition to the mailer, the Automated Direct Release (ADR) system selects cases
that may need a CDR. The ADR alerts require regular screening.
Both the mailer and ADR system require a folder review to determine if a
CDR is appropriate. For detailed information regarding screening procedures, see DI 13005.020A, Field Office Actions for Processing and Screening Continuing Disability Review (CDR)
Folders and Alerts.
The FO may defer a CDR if it would be inappropriate or very inconvenient for the individual
due to his or her hospitalization, travel, etc. With Regional Office (RO) approval,
the FO may also defer a case in life-threatening situations. ODO can defer a case
for up to 6 months. For additional information concerning deferments, see DI 13005.020J.
The DDS ordinarily completes all CDRs sent from the FO, but may discontinue a CDR
if the case is particularly sensitive (for example, Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome
(AIDS) or any other terminal impairment). For detailed information regarding screen-outs,
see DI 13005.020.
The component responsible for discontinuing the CDR must notify the individual.