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I might as well tattoo my forehead with the word, "The government screwed me, not just the VA."

Word to the wise, If you are receiving SSDI and subsequantly Medicare, then don't expect it to help you get an IMO and or an exam that will have any weight as evidence in your claim. It seems that Medicare won't pay for a IMO that involves reviewing complete medical records required by the VA and they can not by law bill you directly for such services. I don't know how correct his statements are, but he says even if you pay the whole bill, if you are receiving medicare benefits, then by law he can not bill you for his services. If he wishes to do it probono, then that is the only way they can legally get around the law governing those receiving and/or using Medicare.

If anyone knows that this specialist doesn't know what he is saying, then I would like to know so I can show him that he can bill me directly for the IMO that involves the VA. He said he won't do it unless the VA authorizes to pay him for the IMO, otherwise he can only report his findings, but cannot cannot review the medical records to the extent that the VA would require without someone besides me paying out of pocket or rather that Medicare pays or VA pays him. I couldn't even get him to give me a lagitament cost for such an opinion, said it amounted to what the VA was willing to pay him for the service.

I might as well tattoo on my forehead, Screwed, because that is how I am feeling right now.

I'm wondering what good is paying for and receiving Medicare, if it is going to be such a road block to getting what I need for my claim to win. Plus his view on why my nose if obstructed differs completely from everyone else, He is saying that the prolapsing of the nare walls is what is causing my obstruction and not sinusitis or any kind of rhinitis, but he did say it was probably caused by from the trauma the nasal fracture caused, but whether his opinion will have any weight given to it because he won't reveiw the associated medical records relating to the claim, we all know none will be given to it. without reviewing the records and giving a medically accepted rationale, the VA can ignore anything he says, even if he is a specialist.

I'm so upset, it's going to take my Dr approved extra dosage of psych meds to get me through it. I don't want to end up on the loony bin ward, they won't discharge me on the week end and I got no one to take care of my cats. Tammi's to young to leave alone more than overnight and I would worry more about how they were doing than how I was.

I :P won't even be able to tell my SO how things went until next week, because she is out of the office on Friday to catch up with the paperwork, she was almost as excited as I was thinking that I would be able to get an opposing IMO to use as new evidence to give to the DRO to consider.

I go to go, or I'll just keep ranting on how badly I feel and how badly I was treated today.

Rockhound Rider :unsure: :( :huh: B) :P :angry: :P

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