If DQB finds that not all sampled claims need to be returned to the DDS for reopening
and revision, use split routing to route the deficient claim to the DDS and the non-deficient
claim(s) to the FO, provided the rules for split routing are met. Split routing is
applied even if the necessary actions to the deficient claim require that the case
is removed from electronic processing and converted to paper. For instructions for
split routing, see Disability Case Adjudication and Review System (DICARS) 5.7 Release
Notes and the DQB Examiner Guide.
NOTE: If the DDS reopening action results in the case being converted to paper, include
the following instruction in the SSA-1774-U5:
When a paper MDF is created as a result of a reopening, the SSA-831 (Disability Determination
and Transmittal) for all claims must be placed in the folder.
Avoid stating that the non-deficient claim must be converted to paper, because this
terminology may cause confusion in the DDS. The conversion process for DDS includes
sending a No Determination (ND) transaction for each claim, and we do not want the
DDS to think that they must also prepare a ND for a claim not pending in DDS.