The ODP panel member identifies the RPC case number and presents the case facts, central issues, actions taken by the DDS, the DQB, and basis of the RPC submission, and opens the discussion. Subsequently the panel discusses all actions taken during adjudication and review, findings, and concerns about applying program instructions.
During the discussion and prior to the vote, if any of the panel members or DDS, DQB, CD, or RO participants have a policy question that is unresolved by the discussion, participants for the case in question may request a suspension of the discussion for more formal policy/medical guidance. Once guidance is received, the ODP panel member will share it with the original panel (or a representative, if an original panel member is not available), including the original DDS and DQB. Jointly, the members will determine whether the panel needs to reconvene for further discussion or if a vote can be taken.
NOTE: The panel will not discuss any post-adjudicative evidence until after RPC resolution. For discussion of post-adjudicative evidence, see DI 30007.145J.2. in this section.
After the RPC panel discussion and prior to the vote, the DDS, DQB, CD, and RO involved will have an opportunity to raise policy issues not addressed in the panel discussion and clarify concerns.