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So after receiving my C-File and reading the doctors notes for my Knee, Back and Ankle exam two months ago and realizing something was off as her rationale make little sense given my record I looked into the doctors qualifications and found that she is gynecologist who apparently began with the VA Exam Contractor QTC Management after being losing a lawsuit for malpractice. My problem is this lady should not be doing exams on these issues when it is not her specialty. Her medical opinion and rationale is attached here but she says my back and ankles are less than likely secondary to my service connected knee and feet issues because of my weight but she obviously failed to consider that the weight gain has a lot to due with the physical limitations caused by the service connected feet and not being able to exercise which is noted in my service records. The VA has not made a decision yet. Is there any way to challenge her opinion?
Ok, here we go again. Got a call a few days back from a DRO at the Houston VARO. They are doing a de novo review of my case, and scheduled me for a series of C&P examinations, which will be my second round from the VA. Sure enough, got a call from Veterans Evaluation Service, who advised that the VA had contracted them to do my C&P examinations and to do bloodwork. Looks I'll be heading to Houston for the examinations and Beaumont for a blood draw and CBC. (They used VES on me last time too.) Keep in mind, I've been through a prior round of C&P examinations, but this is the first time with a CBC blood draw, and I have on file an independent medical examination and opinion report from the Ellis Clinic and an IMO from my oncologist of 17 years, along with a ton of medical records and SMRs. We'll see how this goes. I'll keep y'all posted on what went on. Looks like I have the examination on July 18 (Saturday) and the blood draw on the 21st. Mark
Has anybody out there had any dealings with a company called Veterans Evaluation Services? Apparently, the VA has contracted with them to perform C&P examinations and testing on veterans. I see from their website that they are apparently headquartered near Houston. I was called yesterday (Saturday) by a representative of this company (called me from a Tennessee telephone number) who advised me to call an 877 number on Monday to schedule my C&P examination. He did not know what conditions I was being examined for. (I have several, but tons of medical documentation on a few). He was polite, and told me that he simply didn't know, but that I would learn more on Monday when I called the number. He further advised that his company was also contracting with "local" doctors to administer the examinations, and that I might not even have to drive to Houston. I'm still not sure what he means by local. I'm 2 hours from the VAMC in Houston. Any information about this company and its services would be appreciated. And better still, any veterans that used them during their C&P process have good/bad experiences? Any advice would help me. I'll try to post more tomorrow after I make the call to them to schedule. Have a great week. Mark
I posted in a different thread my adventures/learning experiences so far in getting my first 2 C&P examinations scheduled. I went over two years before the VA finally scheduled them. I at first believed that I had not been scheduled because I had quite a bit of medical record evidence, and had almost dismissed getting C&P examinations at all. What I was wondering......is it a good thing that the VA decided to schedule me? And by this, I mean does it mean that they at least feel that there is enough evidence out there to double check instead of simply dismissing my claims?.....or is a bad thing? I've read opinions of both on I posted in a different thread my adventures/learning experiences so far in getting my first 2 C&P examinations scheduled. I went over two years before the VA finally scheduled them. I at first believed that I had not been scheduled because I had quite a bit of medical record evidence, and had almost dismissed getting C&P examinations at all. What I was wondering......is it a good thing that the VA decided to schedule me? And by this, I mean does it mean that they at least feel that there is enough evidence out there to double check instead of simply dismissing my claims?.....or is it a bad thing? Just wondering..... Also, is it ok to bring documentation, and possibly paperwork that I generate with a list of my symptoms, etc. so that I don't forget something if the examiner asks? What do you folks think? Mark