Jump to content

Sponsored Ads

  • Latest Donations

  • Advertisemnt

  • 14 Questions about VA Disability Compensation Benefits Claims


    When a Veteran starts considering whether or not to file a VA Disability Claim, there are a lot of questions that he or she tends to ask. Over the last 10 years, the following are the 14 most common basic questions I am asked about ...
    Continue Reading
  • Ads

  • Most Common VA Disabilities Claimed for Compensation:   


  • Advertisemnt

  • Advertisemnt

  • Ads

  • Can a 100 percent Disabled Veteran Work and Earn an Income?

    employment 2.jpeg

    You’ve just been rated 100% disabled by the Veterans Affairs. After the excitement of finally having the rating you deserve wears off, you start asking questions. One of the first questions that you might ask is this: It’s a legitimate question – rare is the Veteran that finds themselves sitting on the couch eating bon-bons … Continue reading

Sponsored Ads

  • Searches Community Forums, Blog and more

  • Donation Box

    Please donate to support the community.
    We appreciate all donations!
Sign in to follow this  
Guest allanopie

Report: Va Misses Symptoms In Some Exams_associated Press

Recommended Posts

Guest allanopie

fwd from:


Report: VA Misses Symptoms in Some Exams

Associated Press | October 15, 2005

WASHINGTON - The Veterans Affairs Department doesn't consider some necessary medical factors in about one in five of its most common types of exams, congressional investigators said in a report released Friday.

Still, the department has improved considerably since 2002, when 61 percent of its reports from joint and spine impairment exams were insufficient for regional offices to judge veterans' benefit eligibility. Now 22 percent of the reports are inadequate for case reviews, concluded an investigation by the Government Accountability Office.

In assessing joint and spine injuries, the VA must factor in pain and fatigue that occur after repetitive use or during a flare-up of the condition, according to a 1995 appeals court ruling.

It concluded that case reviewers cannot properly determine benefits if VA medical centers don't provide this type of information.

"It's certainly discouraging to learn that 10 years after the court required VA to consider the effect of pain and repetitive motion on disabilities, one out of every five veterans still receives an inadequate medical examination," said Rep. Lane Evans, D-Ill., who requested the GAO report.

But VA spokesman Scott Hogenson said the department had achieved "remarkable success" in improving procedures. "We're proud that we have reduced the number of cases that don't comply by almost 64 percent in less than four years."

The GAO report also found wide variation within the Veterans Health Administration's 21 regions. In New England, only 57 percent of reports from these types of exams provided information about pain, fatigue and flare-ups. The two regions that cover North Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia, Louisiana, Arkansas, Mississippi, Texas and Oklahoma tied for the highest score, with 92 percent of their joint and spine exam reports including adequate information.

The GAO recommended that the department develop a strategy for improving the consistency of VA medical center exam reports.

In its formal response to the report, the department agreed that more consistency is necessary, but also said "it is premature at this point to devise a new strategy to accomplish that goal."

The report was released Friday by Evans' office. It will be considered at a congressional hearing scheduled for Oct. 20.


Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites


This topic is now closed to further replies.
Sign in to follow this  

  • Ads

  • Ad

  • Latest News
  • Our picks

    • OK so I had pancreatectomy in 2003 due to an impacted goldstone 2/3 of my  Pancreas was removed I am type one diabetes with very large scars continued diarrhea stomach problems Constant back and shoulder pain I recently received a Nexus letter from my  endocrinologist related to my service in the gulf war.  Any suggestions or advice from anyone
    • I would like to meet other Hadit members who live in Michigan.  We have at least two major VA Hospitals (Battle Creek, Ann Arbor).  Or maybe you go to the the John Dingell in Detroit.  

      I like Ann Arbor.  I like the fact that most of the doctors there are also at the UM Hospital.  I don't like how uickly they seem to turn over though.  
      • 2 replies
    • Really?
      I am confused.  A few days ago I spoke to a person at a VARO who said if I die from something other than service-connected my husband gets zero, zilch, squat.  Hmmmmmm, it seems the rules change willy-nilly...I have been rated 100% P & T for over 10 years, MS is static, and I am 56 years of age.

      Can a fellow Veteran shed a light on this?

      Thank you.
      • 15 replies
    • Fund raising for HadIt.com
      The site is supported through ads and ad free subscriptions, we are also asking for any support you would like to send our way. You can give a $1 or more it all helps. Keep in mind though that it is NOT tax deductible and we are NOT a non profit. As the site grows so do the costs and ads and subscription do not always keep pace with the costs. Any help is appreciated, but not required.
      • 11 replies
    • Carol Ozanecki- Blue Water vet Advocate called me with this news:


      Also there is a article in Pop Culture she sent to me----mentionig Blue Water vets buy I felt it was too political to post here. You can google it if you want to read it.


      • 10 replies

Important Information

{terms] and Guidelines