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  1. Changed to 30 Calendar days as of October 2019. You can request from information office at VA facility where exam performed after 20 "business days" but that would be almost 30 calendar days anyway. If you had xrays or labs with your exam they will still be in BlueButton after 3 days. https://www.myhealth.va.gov/mhv-portal-web/my-healthevet-va-notes-learn-more
  2. Changed to 30 Calendar days as of October 2019. You can request from information office at VA facility where exam performed after 20 "business days" but that would be almost 30 calendar days anyway. If you had xrays or labs with your exam they will still be in BlueButton after 3 days. https://www.myhealth.va.gov/mhv-portal-web/my-healthevet-va-notes-learn-more
  3. The overwhelming reason Vets need IMO's is because VA provides inadequate C&P exams. Most of these exams are performed by nurse practitioners and physicians assistants and even pediatric doctors. A Podiatrist performing a C&P for back and spine issues? No problem at VA. Most of the time these examiners are out of their league and just research to deny service connection or nexus. Unfortunately for Vets the RO/BVA treat the word of these examiners as gold. An exam by a MD whose specialty is the disability in question must then be brought in by the Vet to validate a claim by showing the unqualified examiner is wrong. Most can't afford the IMO and VA knows that so the system favors denial which is what they want.
  4. This is what they were discussing on Fox News. https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/operation-1111-gives-veterans-concierge-level-health-care-at-no-cost-on-veterans-day-300938825.html
  5. It was changed by VA from 3 days to 30 days. My last C&P was 8/2015 so sometime between then and now this anti claimant change was made. Why was it made? For no other reason than to deny a claimant access to C&P in order to make the process more difficult on the Veteran. In my case the RO has C&P results now and can make a decision well before the 30 days it will take before i am permitted to even see the results. The remand could be denied and back at BVA before i even get to see the results. I could even receive a SSOC before i get to see the results. If the C&P is unfavorable to my claim i need to provide new evidence(IME/IMO) before the board issues a denial. It is another underhanded deceitful method of hindering a claimants appeal rights. If the RO denies my claim because of a bad C&P exam i will have lost a month of valuable time in fighting my claim. You can't fight what you can't see. If the RO denies and sends remand back to BVA do i get 90 days to submit new evidence? https://www.myhealth.va.gov/mhv-portal-web/my-healthevet-va-notes-learn-more
  6. I have an appeal that was remanded by BVA for a "new medical opinion". The board determined the original C&P exam was inadequate. I had another C&P exam on 17 Oct. On 24 Oct. it was sent the RO. Today on My healthvet in my medical record it says C&P exam will be available 30 calendar days after completion. I have had other C&P exams and they were always available 3 calendar days after completion. Every visit to a VA health provider has always been available 3 days later. The xrays and radiology report from this C&P exam were available 3 days after the exam. Did something change? Has anyone else been denied access to C&P exam in Myhealthvet blue button for 30 days? The records office at VA hosp. where i had exam said they can give me a copy 20 days after completion. Every VA visit has always been available 3 days later,including C&P exams up until this.
  7. Do you have your medical records from your time in service? Were you treated for a back issue in service? It will be difficult to get service connected without recorded evidence of back problems in service especially after 26 years. VA is tough on service connecting back disabilities. You need to prove you had a back injury in service and a medical opinion connecting it to your current back conditions.
  8. Any time VA speeds up one part of the process several other parts take much longer than they previously did. Its like stepping on a rug that is sticking up and looking behind you to find it sticking up in two or three new places. Any step of the process that has become faster is simply a robbing Peter to pay Paul scenario. Legacy appeals,remands and grant processing increase in wait time in exchange for faster decisions under the new system.
  9. I have a claim in remand for about 3 months. I recently filed an ITF on another issue. I would like to get a copy of my C-File for this new claim but i don't dare request it. It is obvious VA can't do a C-File request without blowing that remand into oblivion. There is no chance in hell i will request my C-File now until my active claim is completed. What happened to you is not a mistake it is ineptitude. It is a way push a claim out of line. It is more delay delay delay. I am glad you got it straightened out but all that should be unnecessary. Thank you for sharing though because your process will help many who are mired in VA incompetence.
  10. This confirms something i have long suspected. If you request your c-file anything else you have going on will come to screeching halt and probably put it in a file marked ignore forever. VA can't walk and chew gum at the same time. I have an appeal in remand but would like to get a copy of my c-file to work on an ITF i started in April. I don't dare request that C-File though while my appeal is going because they can't do both at once. This is just another classic example of delay delay delay. If you hadn't called they may never have gotten back to it. If i were you i would call weekly now to make sure they get to it. You were screwed because you requested your C-File. That is sad.
  11. Your second question i have been seeking an answer to for a long time but no one can give the answer. I have an appeal remanded in March. I would like to get a copy of my c-file but i am terrified any attempt to get it will stall derail or entirely fustercluck my appeal. I envision a 6 to 18 month turnaround on getting the c-file and all of that time added onto my appeal giving VA an excuse to shove it to the side. Unless someone can convince me otherwise i absolutely won't request my c-file until my appeal is settled. I did get a copy over 20 years ago but i would like to get a new copy without causing a delay to my current appeal.
  12. How did you know they started working on your remand? Like az my appeal was remanded in March but for a "new medical opinion" which may or may not include an in person exam. Do they inform you when they actually start working BVA remand instructions or do you know only by getting notified of an upcoming C&P exam? I have a feeling i will just get a SSOC one day and that will be the first i will know anything.
  13. A few years ago i bought a dryer. Same dryer at Lowes and Home Depot both on sale. Home Depot refused to give me the discount and told me sale items are exempt from discount and Lowes does the same. Went to Lowes and got the discount no problem. I now use Lowes exclusively and order online for in store pick up and the discount is applied on line at check out. HD only gives discount in store and only if they feel like it. The decision on whether to give the discount at HD is often at discretion of a teenage checkout clerk or clueless 20 something manager.
  14. The stumpy579 administration usually takes between 16 and 29 months to complete surveys.
  15. My appeal was recently remanded by the BVA for a "new medical opinion". I proved to the BVA that the C&P exam i received at a VAMC was inadequate and so they ruled. If i had a proper IMO in my file they would have granted my appeal. I wanted one but could not afford one. So what will i do now? I must find a way to get one now that i have a second chance. Maybe the new medical opinion ordered in the remand will turn the tide in my favor. Maybe it will result in denial. Maybe it will be remanded once again. However,if i get my own proper IMO i am certain i will prevail. Your situation is not the same as mine but while you are finding out why those clowns didn't consider the LHI doctors opinion you should be looking into getting your own IMO. You have lots of time. I am personally convinced,after reading many posts and forums,that a proper IMO is essential in most cases. I'm just a clueless numb nuts handling my own claim without an attorney or VSO but thats my two cents.
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