TN 9 (05-22)
DI 28040.115 Verification of Continued Impairment Severity -- General
Since medical improvement not expected (MINE) or MINE-equivalent impairments are not
expected to improve, the main purpose of the third-party contact is to verify the
continued severity of the impairment(s) as alleged by the beneficiary, recipient or
When a current medical source is available, the disability examiner (DE) must contact
the current medical source for verification of continued impairment severity. However,
the DE may contact other third-party contacts if there is no medical source and certain conditions are met, see DI 28040.125.