When reading these instructions, remember:
terms such as medical cessations and medical factors include, when appropriate, vocational considerations;
references to the disability determination services (DDS) also means the Federal components
that process DDS cases and non-State cases (foreign and railroad cases) in a manner
similar to the DDS; and
the instructions for the disability hearing units (DHU) are in chapter DI 33000.000.
NOTE: Although these procedures apply to the State and Federal disability hearing process,
some modifications may be necessary to conform to State business practices. However,
modifications may not conflict with the Federal regulations governing the disability hearings.