· The FO must obtain all available medical evidence from the institution in prerelease claims and ask the claimant to complete and sign form SSA-827.
· Apply any existing regional or local prerelease procedures between the institution and DDS/FO.
· The FO does not question the adequacy of the medical information contained in the medical report submitted by the institution. If the institution refuses to submit medical evidence or states it has no medical evidence, or the evidence appears incomplete and no other source of medical evidence is available, do not attempt further development and forward to DDS with the information available.
· Flag the Electronic Disability Collect System (EDCS) as a “Prerelease Case”. Explain any missing or incomplete medical evidence using EDCS 3367. For more information about flags in EDCS, see DI 81010.080. For information on completing the SSA-3367, see DI 11005.045.