Claims with common issues usually are consolidated and escalated to the same level
Follow DI 12045.010 for special handling of concurrent disability claims sharing a common issue. If a
concurrent claim is filed and the title XVI claim is denied for excess resources,
the title II claim is forwarded to the DDS.
When a title XVI application is escalated to the reconsideration level at the DDS
because a common issue exists, the title XVI application is not an appeal and should not be input on MSSICS as an appeal.
With few exceptions, the common issue is the claimant’s date of birth. The FO can
process both issues, e.g., the title II appeal (through MCS) and the title XVI claim
with respect to the common issue.