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  1. Vets often ask, "Where can I get an IMO to get a nexus?" Recall that a Nexus is a key element in the Required Caluza elements of current diagnosis, in service event, and nexus. While I have not personally used Dr. Ellis, at least one Veteran has. However, $500 for an IMO is great. But, an IME (Independent Medical Exam) would be even better. I have heard of at least one doctor who charges up to $10,000 for an IMO. I think Dr. Bash quoted me $5000. At that time, Dr. Bash would do the exam without cash up front, then you paid him out of retro. Im not sure he does that any more. Dr. Ellis apparently requires payment up front, but at least its not $5000 up front! If I had need of a nexus, I would likely hire Dr. Ellis. I listened to his video and IM convinced he is for the Veteran and knows what he is doing. According to his website, you can use Mastercard/Visa/American Express. For me, being able to put it on a credit card was a great idea. Why? Well I was certain an IMO would get me many times that back in retro. I actually did the same thing..put my IMO on a credit card, then paid it back when I got the retro. My IMO was for a voc rehab specialist, and I also paid 500, and it was well worth it. If you do not have a nexus, you need an IMO or IME, like Dr. Ellis to win it. Source: Etrain's post on hadit. Thanks, Etrain. NOTE: Hiring Dr. Ellis would mean you would need to travel to Oklahoma City, as its an Independent EXAM, as opposed to an Independent OPINION. My opinion is that an EXAM is better. An IMO is only as good as the current medical records, but an EXAM, the doc can also add his opinions based on him personally examining you. Example: You applied for benefits, but were denied, and you figured out you dont have a nexus. Well, you didnt get treated for your arthritis, until 2021, but you have been suffering from it, since 2007. You can Tell Dr. Ellis your symptoms and how it affects your work, since 2007. Dr. Ellis "could" indicate, in his opinion, your symptoms began in 2007, for example, if he looked at an xray or other medical tests which showed degenerative arthritis. This could result in retro. back to 2007. If you got an IMO, from a doc who has never examined you, then that may not work as well.
  2. My VSO let me know that my OSA appeal was denied. My original claim was a direct service connection. I read the sleep apnea field manual from Chris Attig and appealed the decision. On appeal I stated the OSA should be secondary to PTSD and sinusitis. I obtained an IMO from Dr Anaise and a DBQ with the at least as likely as not and medically necessary (CPAP) statements from my psychiatrist. My question is on appeal can you submit evidence to make it a secondary condition or does it need to be filed as secondary from the beginning? I haven't received the RAMP appeal denial letter yet. Also is there a section in the 38 CFR regarding secondary conditions with an original direct service connection claim?
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