Interim benefits (IB) are payable up to the month before the month in which the Commissioner
issues a final disability decision. The Office of Appellate Operations (OAO) does
not issue a stop order until an appeal is filed, the appeal period ends, or the AC
initiates its own motion review. For this reason, consider the appeal period months
IB payments and do not create an overpayment, unless fraud is involved.
Code the MADCAP action to ignore the erroneous payments. See SM 00865.045. Manually
archive CPS data on the master beneficiary record. See MSOM INTRANET CPS 001.001.
NOTE: The ALJ decision date becomes the final decision date if the claimant appeals, the
appeal period ends, or the AC initiates its own motion review. The OAO will send a
stop order. Do not stop IB payments until a stop order is issued.