Veterans Are STILL Being Required To Attend Unwarranted Medical Exams For VA Disability Benefits!
Veterans Benefits Administration employees are STILL requiring veterans to attend unwarranted medical reexaminations.
VBA’s stated policy is to request reexaminations only when they are mandated by law or necessary before reducing an evaluation; every effort should be made to limit cases in which reexaminations are requested. However, the review team estimated rating specialists erroneously established reexamination controls in about 66 percent of cases (3,149 of 4,754), including for veterans whose disability was permanent and not likely to improve.
This occurred, in part, because VBA does not require rating specialists to cite objective evidence and provide justification for establishing reexamination controls. VBA could assist rating specialists in determining when reexaminations are unwarranted by requiring them to cite specific evidence. If a rating specialist was unable to justify the need for reexamination, then they would be unable to establish the reexamination control. This additional step would reduce unwarranted examinations.
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