Case manager's job us to assist the rating specialist with delaying your claim as long as possible, especially if the rating specialist can not think of a valid delay tactic. Sometimes rookie raters can not think of a reason in the world to delay, and need help from CM.
In the event both can not figure out a valid dely method, the next best is to figure out an excuse to deny.
With Social Security, the CM is on the employee (social security) if the claim is delayed over 90 days, with VA, the CM complains to the VA employee if he gets too many claims done timely, and recommends retraining in the fine art of shredding Veterans evidence, then lying about it.
Good Day all.
I also hired Dr. Bash to do a IMO in January of this year based on information here on Hadit. But I have heard nothing about my IMO. Last I received was this on 07/22/16:
I responded, and still have received nothing. I have tried every number, fax number, and nothing. Truthfully, I really think that I have been scammed. Everything seems legit. And yes, money has exchanged hands. I no longer expect to receive anything from Bash, but if I do, I will advise.
What role do case managers play in VA claims? I had a meeting with one about a month ago and they just asked simple questions about where I live and where I worked. Afterwards I began wondering exactly what they do in the process because I had never met with one until I filed for an increase in a claim.
Okay first off congrats on the 30%. What was that for? Secondly, the grinding of the teeth is going to be next to impossible since the VA rarely s/c teeth. I filed s/c for my teeth due to my eating disorder and was denied. Unless you have concrete evidence in your SMR's indicating the grinding of the teeth it's a crap shoot. As far as the PTSD/MST since it is says "deferred" that simply means they are still working on it but they went ahead and at least s/c you for the 30%. That is exactly what happened to me. I was awarded 40% in June 2014 with my MH deferred and then in November 2014 they decided my MH and I went to 60%. You will get the PTSD/MST I am sure....they are at least doing what I think they should be doing and getting the DBQ for the bladder issue associated to the MST. Keep us updated!
I have a question and need some advice. I put in a claim for OSA in 2014 and per the award letter received in April 2015 I was denied. After the denial for OSA, I initiated a NOD to keep the claim open. On 18 August 2016, I looked in ebenefits and noticed they had given me a non-service connected (NSC) (pension) rating of 50% for OSA as a secondary to my service connected (SC) Sarcoidosis and Asthma. This rating didn’t appear until 18 August. Check ebenefits weekly.
I called the regional office (RO) in Montgomery Alabama on the next day and I was informed that I had received the award in April 2015. The RO then explained that the VA says in their notes that they agree that I have OSA, but not due to my SC disability of Sarcoidosis and Asthma. I am SC for 3 disabilities, Sarcoidosis with Asthma, PTSD, and GERD. I have conducted research in the Board of Veteran Appeals (BVA) and found appeals g showing that other veterans had been granted SC for OSA for each of the disabilities that I have. In my opinion VA has acknowledged that I have OSA by giving it a rating of 50%. My goal now is to have it changed from NSC to SC. Is there anyone with experience in do so? If so, please lend me some advice.