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    • Craig Bash M.D., dba /Veteran's Medical Advisor, has an F rating with the Better Business Bureau based upon failure to deliver services.  Two complaints filed against the business since 2013, and failure to respond to either. I was promised I'd have my IMO in a month by Bash over the phone. Didn't happen. Won't respond to letters, emails, etc. That's $2350 dollars for nothing that I've thrown away unless the IMO just so happens to fall out of the freaking sky one day.. I could have used that money and flown to Oklahoma City and had the Ellis Clinic do four IME's for $500.00 dollars and still had money in my pocket.  
    • Update 21, So, today I see a second addendum to my C&P exam in myHealthyvet. Looks like they wanted an explanation for my right foot Achilles problem.  I think the examiner did good by me. Anyway, now wait for eBenifits update, Hamslice  
    • Wow.. got my decision last Friday from BVA and was awarded EED from 2009.haven't received retro in bank yet! Also, part of my appeal was remanded for further development of TDIU.. I submitted a waiver at BVA hearing to have everything decided at DC. If anybody on this forum has gone through this experience please tell me if AMC would handle this Remand? why I haven't received retro?
    • Well here is more towards the original post and paramiding, This is what was referred, along with my left ankle.  Really need my left ankle rated at at least 10% so I can get the bilateral math help to get to 90. Anyway, "Please provide the following clarification: VA examination findings from VA Medical Center Iron Mountain, dated June 22, 2016 show that the examiner noted diagnosis of left Achilles tendinitis on foot and ankle examination. Also, imaging studies involving the right ankle indicate findings of right calcaneal spur with calcification of insertion of Achilles tendon. However, no diagnosis of the veteran's right ankle is shown. A review of ankle examination findings show that the examiner noted range of motion of the veteran's to demonstrate full range of motion. However, the examiner made no comment or assessment with regard to objective pain on motion with range of motion findings on examination. VA examination addendum from VA Medical Center Iron Mountain, dated August 1, 2016 show that the examiner provided a medical opinion stating that the veteran's right ankle condition is at least as likely as not the result of or aggravated by the veteran's service connected right foot plantar fasciitis. However, a review of the aforementioned examination findings note no current clinical right ankle diagnosis. Please review the aforementioned VA examination. Please clarify as to whether evidence supports a current diagnosis of a right ankle disorder. If so, please provide a diagnosis. If the evidence does not support a current diagnosis of a right ankle disorder, please so state. Please clarify as to whether there is objective pain on motion with regard to range of motion of the veteran's ankles. Also, please clarify as to whether the veteran's right Achilles tendon condition is a condition separate and distinct disability apart from right plantar fasciitis." RESPONSE: However, no diagnosis of the veteran's right ankle is shown. 1. Diagnosis is right achilles tendonitis M76.61 A review of ankle examination findings show that the examiner noted range of motion of the veteran's to demonstrate full range of motion. However, the examiner made no comment or assessment with regard to objective pain on motion with range of motion findings on examination. 2. Right ankle examination was normal, as was stated. ----------- [X] All Normal [ ] Abnormal or outside of normal range [ ] Unable to test (please explain) [ ] Not indicated (please explain) Dorsiflexion (0-20): 0 to 20 degrees Plantar Flexion (0-45): 0 to 45 degrees Is there evidence of pain with weight bearing? [ ] Yes [X] No Is there objective evidence of localized tenderness or pain on palpation of the joint or associated soft tissue? [ ] Yes [X] No Is there objective evidence of crepitus? [ ] Yes [X] No Also, please clarify as to whether the veteran's right Achilles tendon condition is a condition separate and distinct disability apart from right plantar fasciitis. Also, please clarify as to whether the veteran's right Achilles tendon condition is a condition separate and distinct disability apart from right plantar fasciitis. 3.Plantar fasciitis, a foot condition, is swelling and inflammation of the band of tissue that connects the heel bone to the toes, and can cause heel and sole pain. The Achilles tendon attaches the calf muscles to the heel. Achilles tendinitis, or tendinopathy, is an ankle conditon, caused by degenerative changes of the Achilles tendon that can manifest as swelling and inflammation, and can cause ankle and heel pain. They are separate conditions that may have similar symptoms. So, from what I see, they examiner was to opine the difference between plantar fasciitis and Achilles tendinitis. And I believe she did it. Now, well see if they are rated separate or together, plantar vs Achilles, Hamslice  
    • cliff, I believe I was rated for pain. In myHealthyvet it is under  ICD-9-CM 719.47 In my August 2009 decision, REASONS FOR DECISION, it states; "An evaluation of 10 percent is assigned for findings of plantar fasciitis with complaints of foot pain with ambulation." FWIW, I had a LOD from when the injury occurred while running up hills during PT.  And treatment records while on active duty.  Both civilian and military. Anyway, thats how I got it, Hamslice, If I can help more, let me know..  





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Va Form 20-5455

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I received a letter from VA stating letter replaces VA form 20-5455,letter is a summary of benefits to disabled Veterans,what was form 20-5455 and is there any difference between the two.

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I received a letter from VA stating letter replaces VA form 20-5455,letter is a summary of benefits to disabled Veterans,what was form 20-5455 and is there any difference between the two.

The "letter" that you just received takes the place of the "letter/VA Form 20-5455", and it doesn't really matter if there is/was a "difference" between the two, you have just received the latest and greatest.

And, no, I'm not gonna spend the next hour of my life looking up the difference. :)

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