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Has anyone used Dr. Bash for an IME? If so do you feel as though he did a good job it transcribing medical lingo into something the RO could understand. I know he charges on a case by case basis, but what would I expect to pay for this service, maybe a range of fees?

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Scott -he charged me $2,000 and I sent him the records and info and he gave me an excellent opinion.

His fee might be determined by the type of claim -I don't know-mine was a little involved but I had everything in pretty good order for him-

He does not handle skin claims and he is not a shrink so that is something to keep in mind-

As a Neuro radiologist -in my case- his opinion of the reading of CT scans and MRI of my husband were right in his main area of expertise so that helped greatly.

He also refered to numerous other documents I had from VA and other entities and also to a past SOC I got.

The opinion was quite clear- even to the VA-but they have not read it yet.

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Scott you should talk to Dr Bash. I understand he is very clear about fees and I know one Veteran he allowed to pay out over time.

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Scott, I've spoken with him, and he's upfront about the fees, I'm getting ready to contact him again, as I now am in a position to move forward. The fees do fluctuate depending on the claim, but I believe Berta is pretty close.

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Has anyone used Dr. Bash for an IME? If so do you feel as though he did a good job it transcribing medical lingo into something the RO could understand. I know he charges on a case by case basis, but what would I expect to pay for this service, maybe a range of fees?

Thank you

Scott

Scott,

I used Dr. Bash. His IME appears to me to be excellent. His opinions blow anything I have ever gotten through the VA. He is stright foward and uses alot of references, when dealing with the vA that is good.

The calim I used his IME is now at the rating board so I cannot tell you the outcome. He charges by how much your disability is from the VA. I mean if you receive $1.200.00 per month then that is his fee. At lest thats the way it worked for me. I encourage you to have everything organized before you send it to him. He took about 4 weeks from when I mailed it off until I received it back. I know it seems like allot of money and it is, however I have found out if you are only dealing with the vA doctors you are at their will and I can tell you from expirence it is not a place you want to be. I hope this helps. God bless you.

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Dr. Bash did a IMO for me last year got denied on all counts he is now in the process of doing another write up just waiting to get it all together he needs my complete C-file which I have requested twice and have yet to receive. They did not argue against anything that he wrote but denied on the fact that he did not physically examine me. Which he said their was no VA regulation that said he must physically examine the patient in order to give an opinion. He told me at the time I contacted him that his fee was based on how complicated your case was. And he did allow me to make payments to him ,he is very easy to work with.

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Leroy, the VA uses a C&P doctor at Dorn that never sees patients to take the C&P exams done by private docs, and then Dr Durkin writes all the comments on why your problem is not SC, he has written 3 of my C&P notes on exams and states why my problems are not related to my military service and I have never seen the man, once. So obviously, it is not a requirement for a doctor that writes opinions to physically see you, they do it all the time. Most of his stuff is bogus to, like on my hypertension and artheriosclerosis secondary to PTSD he wrote that CAD is not linked in any literature to PTSD, no duh, but there is a lot of literature and studies to show that hypertension and artheriosclerosis are linked to PTSD or aggravated by PTSD, he never bothered to address that and here is a link to the best statement I have ever seen for PTSD and heart problems and auto-immune disorders to be linked http://mailer.fsu.edu/~cfigley/vets/docume...IN2900-AM09.pdf

this is getting attached to my file next week.

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Dr. Bash helped my husband, as well. It was money well spent, although his IMO was mentioned in passing at the BVA, but no with discussion regarding its impact on the Board's final decision. We are appealing at the CVA level and will pursue this further at the RO level regarding issues still at that level.

Dr. Bash has offered to help us in the future, so he's there to back up your investment in his opinion.

But, you'll see all over this board where IMO's are often dismissed out of hand, or ignored with no mention altogether. Wherever you get your IMO, make sure you're ready for this possibility, and your IMO provider will be there for you in the event you need additional assistance. This is increasingly NOT a one shot deal.

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Sometimes the VA will accept an IMO and sometimes they will reject it or ignore it. It is like rolling the dice. The last IMO I had the VA quoted it word for word in their decision. A friend used the same doctor and they rejected the IMO and said my friend was doctor shopping.

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If you have a weak case or a medical condition not supported by service records you have to have an IMO in my opinion.

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If you have a good IMO over some VA quackola rhetoric in a SOC- make SURE the VA acknowledges it!Use it as your NOD rebuttal and in any way at all so they will consider it-

As I stated the other day- I have a dynamite IMO from Dr. Bash and another one from a former treating VA physician- they keep ignoring these IMOS-had them since Nov 2004-well over a year-

I made copies and am submitting more evidence and have copied the IM)s unto the back of the additional evidence pages -they cant miss them-

the VARO manager promised my vet rep they would be considered in Oct- they still ignore them-

I also mention in each submission, explaining the enclosed medical evidence, (I have a lot of evidence) that the VA still fails to consider my $2,000 IMO from Dr. Bash.

One point I made- might well help others here-

some VA doctor made a few statements based on her own admission that she had only had a few chemistry reports-the veteran's files remained here in Bath VA for 2 months during the time this opinion was done-

I strongly made the point to the VARO that my still unread IMO from Dr. Bash not only considered ALL of the veteran's med records, he also referred to past SOC statements and many other reports from the VA, MRIs, autopsy etc- their examiner used only 4 records I know of out of the whole stack.

Actually the VA doesn't really 'ignore' these IMOs- it is just that they are usually so medically sound -because they are prepared by real doctors-that the VA has no one competent enough to understand them and attempt to knock them down.

The new DRO told my vet rep and the RO VSM that she couldn't understand medical evidence (my IMO) so she denied the claim in Sept! My vet rep thought I had won the claim-the evidence was so good-

What the heck is she doing there controlling claims- that are fundamentally ALL determined by medical evidence.

This is why we still have a terrible backlog problem-

people are not doing their job from the git go-many claims that go on for over three years- in many cases -could have been handled properly by VAROs in months.

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I guess my biggest concern in asking my current doctor for an IMO is that will be used for VA disability benefeits. I believe that because I am relatively young that this will show me in a negative light and feed the preception that people receiving disability benefeits are greedy. The SC disabilties I developed during my 9 years of Naval service require mutliple appointments a month and 7 pills a day for the rest of my life. I am also concerned that by using Dr. Bash I will be seen as Doctor shoping as someone mentioned before. But, I believe the biggest reason for denials or an unfair assesment in my case is because the VARO's do not have the medical knowledge to put 1 and 1 together to get the right answer.

All of your help and recomendations and convinced me to give him a call and see if he can help.

Thanks,

Scott

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A good IMO can turn your claim around 180 degrees. Besides Hadit it is the best weapon you have against the VA.

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