How often do I need to see my doctor after receiving social security disability?


Now, don't think that just because Social Security has accepted you as eligible to receive disability benefits it means that you can continue with your status as disabled for the duration of the payment period. No, Social Security will continue to make evaluations on your eligibility to accept disability benefits.

The Social Security administration may require you to visit your doctor from time to time to see if your impairment has disappeared and that you can now take up more tasks or responsibilities.

Social Security may do this by way of a CDR (continuing disability review). CDRs may be scheduled one, three, five, or seven years after you first received your disability benefit checks. This depends on the kind of condition you have and whether there is reasonable expectation that you can get better over time.

Social Security may send you a notice that your case is up for review, in order to give you time to gather the necessary medical records.

The CDR will review the severity of your impairment and will check whether your condition has improved over time. This is particularly true of "borderline" cases, where the condition is not as severe.

The examiner will check if the condition you have still warrants your receiving your disability benefits. If the examiner sees that your condition has stayed the same or gotten worse, then you get to continue receiving your benefits. If the examiner sees that your condition has improved, based on the guidelines provided, he may recommend that disability benefit payments be stopped. Then you have to go through the process of applying again when you feel that you are indeed eligible for the benefits.

What is important is that you keep thorough and up-to-date medical records, so that you can easily submit these when Social Security asks for them during a CDR. This may mean that you need to have regular (though not as frequent) visits to your doctor to check up on your condition.

The frequency of your visits to your doctor will depend on two things:

  • The kind of impairment - whether it is physical or mental. If it is mental, you may need to go as frequently as before since you will need constant treatment even after you have been ruled as eligible for disability benefits.
  • Maximum Medical Improvement - If the condition is physical, it depends on whether you have reached the threshold where improvements are at its maximum. If the doctor declares that maximum medical improvement has been achieved, then you won't need to go to the doctor regularly.

The point is that if you do need to see your doctor, then you should give him a visit. If it's not necessary or productive for you to continue growing (since you have already reached the maximum level of improvement to be made), then you don't need to go just for the sake of getting those records.

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