Continuing Disability Review

Definition - What does Continuing Disability Review mean?

A continuing disability review (CDR) is a process mandated by law under which the Social Security Administration (SSA) periodically reviews the case of every individual who is receiving disability benefits through Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI). Continuing disability review is conducted to identify individuals whose medical condition has improved such that they can work and their disability benefits can be terminated.

Justipedia explains Continuing Disability Review

The SSA provides disability benefits only to those individuals who are not able to perform any kind of work. Those claimants who are receiving benefits through SSDI or SSI have to undergo a continuing disability review by the SSA periodically. The SSA sets most claims for review every three or seven years. However, in some cases when the claimant's condition is likely to improve, a CDR can be conducted earlier than three years. On the contrary, if a claimant suffers from permanent disability, the CDR can be conducted after more than seven years.

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