TN 11 (08-22)
To set the cessation month in cases where disability ended, use the table in DI 28005.205C. Do not use this table in reopenings.
The cessation month generally coincides with the month of the notice. When applicable,
find retroactive cessation only in the situations outlined in DI 28005.205C, items 2-9, in this section.
Use the following table to determine the cessation month in CDR cases:
If Cessation is Based On:
Find that Disability Ended in the Month:
MEDICAL CESSATION - ANY SITUATION NOT COVERED BY 2-8 BELOW (most cessations)
The cessation notice is mailed to the individual (general rule).
REPORT OF EARLIER MEDICAL CESSATION
The treating physician told the individual of regained capacity to engage in substantial
gainful activity (SGA), or, in a Title XVI child case, told the child's representative
payee that the child could return to normal activities.
INDIVIDUAL HAS RETURNED TO WORK IN A MEDICAL IMPROVEMENT EXPECTED (MIE) CASE (referred
to as a "clear-cut cessation")
The individual returns to full-time work with no significant medical restrictions.
FAILURE TO COOPERATE
The individual fails, without good cause, to do what the Social Security Administration
(SSA) or the Disability Determination Services (DDS) has requested and the individual
was aware that they had to cooperate and the repercussions of failing to do so.
DI 28075.005K; DI 25205.020 for Title XVI child cases
SSA first knew that the individual's whereabouts are unknown but not earlier than
the month a continuing disability issue arose.
NOTE: Title XVI benefits are suspended rather than ceased.
FAILURE TO FOLLOW PRESCRIBED TREATMENT (FTFPT)
The evidence clearly establishes the individual's unjustified failure to follow prescribed
NOTE: If FTFPT is the basis for the cessation, the cessation date cannot be earlier than
30 days after the predetermination notice is sent.
WORK ACTIVITY ONLY
The individual first engages in SGA following completion of any applicable trial work
period. DDSs do not decide this issue. Do not cease Title XVI cases on this basis.
DI 28050.000 DI 28075.600 SI 02302.001
RECOVERY PRIOR TO INITIAL ALLOWANCE DECISION (closed period cases)
Shown by the evidence.
FRAUD OR SIMILAR FAULT
When the individual is no longer disabled, if applicable, after the fraudulent evidence
is disregarded during the determination. Base this determination on sequential evaluation
for CDRs; also consider the information listed in the “Reference” column.
The following situations involve the setting a cessation month earlier than what would
normally be supported solely by medical evidence that results in a cessation.
Find retroactive cessation in cases where there is no doubt that the individual was
aware that they were able to work. Alternatively, in a Title XVI child CDR case, find
retroactive cessation when there is no doubt that the child's representative payee
(or the child, if the child is their own payee) was aware that the child could return
to normal activities, but failed to report this change. That is, find retroactive
cessation only if:
the individual (or Title XVI child's representative payee) reports that at an earlier
date the treating source informed the individual that they had regained the capacity
to return to work or, in a Title XVI child case, had informed the child's representative
payee that the child could return to normal activities; or
the treating source voluntarily reports the individual was informed at an earlier
date that they had the capacity to return to work or, in a Title XVI child case, the
child's representative payee was informed that the child could return to normal activities.
Set cessation as of the month the individual was made aware they had regained capacity
to engage in SGA or, in a Title XVI child case, the child's representative payee was
made aware that the child could return to normal activities.
Do not set this type of retroactive cessation date if:
there is substantial conflict between statements from the medical source and the individual
(or, in a Title XVI child case, the medical source and the child's representative
payee) concerning the individual's awareness of capacity to work, or the child's ability
to return to normal activities; or
inadequate (or no) objective medical evidence supports the statement from the medical
source establishing the retroactive cessation date.
In cessations that rely on the error exception to medical improvement (MI), as described
in DI 28020.350, do not find retroactive cessation unless the conditions for reopening the prior
decision are met.
For LBW infants who are found no longer disabled, establish the cessation month no
earlier than the month the baby attains age 1.
DI 25225.060 Examples of Impairments That Functionally Equal The Listings (Section 416.926a(m))
DI 25235.005 Medical Diary Criteria for Certain Title XVI Disabled Infants
DI 25235.006 Medical Diary Criteria for Low Birth Weight (LBW) Infants under Title XVI
DI 27501.001 Reopenings and Revisions: Pertinent Definitions and Related Policy
DI 28020.350 Group I Exception - Prior Error Overview
DI 23025.000 Fraud or Similar Fault