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Dr. Nurse Practitioner Opinion V Dr. Opinion


The Board may appropriately favor the opinion of one competent medical authority over another. See Owens v. Brown, 7 Vet. App. 429, 433 (1995); Wensch v. Principi, 15 Vet. App. 362, 367 (2001).

Is their any way to win my claim after the VA uses Owens V. Brown against me?

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Yes with good arguments and good IMO. A Nurse Practitioner should never trump a MD.

Have you had a Hearing

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Bury the VA with medical evidence. That is how you win with some certainty. If you lose an appeal or rating you read the reasons and basis and then hire you a doctor who will rebutt the denial point by point.

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the VA used a NP to write a cardio C&P against me by the time my case got to a BVA Judge they had 3 C&P exams saying there is NO connection between PTSD and cardiac problems and I had 4 IMOs showing the links between MY PTSD and my cardiac problems the Judge said reasonable doubt gave me the win worked for me

the VA would claim a C&P signed by a janitor is a competent medical officer if they thought they could get away with it a specialist MD and even a regular MD should outweigh any opinion a NP gives

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Same thing happend to me but it was DMII. I claimed CAD secondary to DMII. The NP did such a poor exam that I got some more testing and the DRO gave me 60%. The NP did no testing at all. No stress test which was required by the rating schedule. She just made up the numbers and she was teaching another NP. I did not even get an EKG before the NP wrote her report. She said no history of heart attacks therefore no CAD. These are the poor excuses for exam doctors the VA uses because they want to save money. I have 60% for CAD and I have never seen a VA cardiologist.

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John I had a worse experience than that I have had 7 heart attacks a stroke a failed triple bypass and 2 failed stents my SSD was approved after I had a heart cath done by the VA that showed an ejection fraction less than 30% the only reason I don't appeal is there will be no difference in the SMC S pay if I have the 60% rating or the 60% rating

what are they claiming my damaged heart has gotten better since Oct 2002? I doubt it has but it's not worth foghting about I got the SC ans it ensures my wife DIC when I pass but the VAROs are so bogus when it comes to NPs and their opinions and what is real and what they make up.....

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