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Ethical Concerns?

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rereash

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I had my Compensation and Pension exam done at the VA that I currently work at. Is that an ethical concern? Other co-workers have had to go to another VA facility to have their C&P exam, not sure why I wasn't. I notified the VA via the 800 number, they said they've never heard of someone having their C&P exam done at the VA Facility that they are employed at, but I certainly did. Trying to research rules and regs regarding this without much luck...any advice, please?

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The thing is that the C&P may be favorable to you. You get it done by QTC it may not be so good. You have a good appeal I think if it goes wrong. It does raise ethical concerns, but I had a neurological exam done by the daughter of my private shrink. She works for the VA. It was a favorable exam. You probably could have the exam thrown out, but that means more time to wait while the VA fools around.

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I don't think it should concern you unless you have a relationship with the C&P Doc.

Good Luck on your claim.

Veterans deserve real choice for their health care.

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I had my Compensation and Pension exam done at the VA that I currently work at. Is that an ethical concern? Other co-workers have had to go to another VA facility to have their C&P exam, not sure why I wasn't. I notified the VA via the 800 number, they said they've never heard of someone having their C&P exam done at the VA Facility that they are employed at, but I certainly did. Trying to research rules and regs regarding this without much luck...any advice, please?

M21-1MR provides specific instructions in regards to C&P exams

for claimants that are employed by the VA.

Your C&P was not supposed to be done at the VA you are employed at.

It could work out in your favor or may not.

Before I did anything else, I would go to ROI and get a copy of the C&P exam.

JMHO

From M21-1MR

Part III - General Rating Procedures

Chapter 3 - Exams

Section B - Scheduling Exams

b. Scheduling Employee-Veteran Examinations

If the claims folder contains VA Form 20-0344, Annual Certification of Veteran Status and Veteran Relatives, or there is a

"VA Employee" flash on the outside of the claims folder, determine what regional office (RO) employs the veteran and

note this information clearly on the examination request.

The examination is scheduled at the nearest, most appropriate VAMC.

Important: Except in certain instances, do not examine the veteran at his/her place of employment.

Make every attempt to avoid a conflict of interest when scheduling the examinations of VA employees.

Reference: For more information on exceptions when an employee can be examined at his/her place of employment, see HYPERLINK "pt03_sp02_ch01_secC.xml" \l "III.ii.1.C.14.e"M21-1MR, Part III, Subpart ii, 1.C.14.e.

Carlie passed away in November 2015 she is missed.

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I have had 4 C&P examinations, and none at the VA. Then this post made me think that it was because I am classified as sensitive seven. If, this is the reason, then you would think that all VA employees would be sent elsewhere JMHO.

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