If the DDS determines that a fully favorable determination can be made on all the
current IR claims, and reopening a prior paper folder to establish an earlier onset
date is also supported, all claims should be returned to the originating ODAR that
requested the IR. The DDS should follow the instructions below to return the claim(s):
Document the EF with a SSA-5002 statement indicating that it appears that the case
can be reopened with the application date of MM/DD/YYYY. The case is being transferred
to the originating HO for potential reopening of the prior paper claim.
Prepare a ND with ND reason Hearing Office Recalls Claim (HORC).
Return the claim to the originating ODAR that requested the IR. ODAR has the ability
to reopen a prior period without converting the current claim to paper.