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I am 100%Sc and I have been retired now since Oct 2010, I received my VA rating Feb 2011. I am scheduled for future exams and I trying to figure out how long will I wait to have my next C and P exam? I heard anywhere from 2-5 years and some have stated longer than that...

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Generally, it's two yrs but you can call, ask, and they will tell you. You don't state your age or disability, which may or may not, directly relate to the next exam. Perhaps you should be P&T already??? jmo

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I am 100%Sc and I have been retired now since Oct 2010, I received my VA rating Feb 2011. I am scheduled for future exams and I trying to figure out how long will I wait to have my next C and P exam? I heard anywhere from 2-5 years and some have stated longer than that...

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VA EXTENDS ROUTINE FUTURE EXAMINATIONS SCHEDULE BY THREE YEARS VA will now schedule routine future examinations at five-year intervals instead of two-year intervals hoping to cut claims backlog.

by Larry Scott, VA Watchdog dot Org

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On the third of this month we brought you this story:

BRADLEY MAYES OUT AS VA'S HEAD OF COMPENSATION AND PENSION (C&P) SERVICE -- Tom Murphy has been appointed Director of the Compensation and Pension Service for the Department of Veterans Affairs.

http://www.vawatchdo.../nf080310-4.htm

Many wondered what Murphy would bring to the table at the Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA).

Now, it appears one of his first acts was to extend the routine future examinations schedule by three years.

VBA Fast Letter is posted below.

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DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS

Veterans Benefits Administration

Washington, D.C. 20420

July 29, 2010

Director (00/21) Fast Letter 10-14 Revised

All VA Regional Offices and Centers

SUBJ: Procedural Change Regarding Routine Future Examinations

Revision

This fast letter is revised to comport with 38 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) § 3.344. We changed the information on handling the results of a routine future examination on page 2.

Purpose

At the recent VBA Leadership Workshop, a recommendation was made to modify compensation claims processing procedures to schedule routine future examinations at 5-year intervals instead of 2-year intervals. This fast letter implements this procedural change to aid in the reduction of the rating-related claims inventory.

Procedure

This procedural change applies to reexaminations under 38 CFR §3.327 and is effective immediately. Claims should be thoroughly analyzed to determine if a routine future examination is necessary. Once it is determined that a routine future examination is needed, schedule the examination 5 years from the date of the rating decision, with the following exceptions:

o Prestabilization rating decisions under 38 CFR §3.327(b)(1).

o Discharge from military service due to a mental disorder caused by traumatic stress under 38 CFR §4.129.

o Malignancies that require reevaluation 6 months following cessation of treatment for active disease.

o Any other future examination required under other sections of 38 CFR Part 3 and Part 4.

38 CFR §3.327 states that reexaminations, including periods of hospital observation, will be requested whenever VA determines there is a need to verify either the continued existence or the current severity of a disability. Reexaminations will be required if it is likely that a disability has improved, or if evidence indicates there has been a material change in a disability or the current rating may be incorrect.

Routine future examinations established prior to the date of this fast letter (excluding the exceptions listed above) will be automatically rescheduled for 5 years from the date of the rating decision through a software program. Regional offices will be notified when this has been completed. Until notified, all routine future examinations that mature should be advanced to a date 5 years from the date of the rating decision that established the need for the routine future examination.

Per 38 CFR §3.344(a), when the results of a routine future examination (set at 5 years out) show improvement of a disability that is subject to temporary or episodic improvement, a reduction in evaluation cannot be made based on only one examination, unless all the evidence of record clearly warrants the conclusion that sustained improvement has been demonstrated. The second examination should be scheduled for 18, 24, or 30 months from the date of the new rating decision per 38 CFR §3.344(b). Note that the provisions of 38 CFR §3.344(a) and (b) do not apply to disabilities which have not become stabilized and are likely to improve. Reexaminations showing improvement in these disabilities will warrant reduction in rating.

Adjudicate and promulgate all routine future examinations under end product 310 and 810 work items.

Point of Contact

Questions about this fast letter should be submitted to VAVBAWAS/CO/212A.

/S/

Thomas J. Murphy

Director

Compensation and Pension Service

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I have a lot of 10% awards and some 40 and 20% claims, however the followinf two are scheduled for future exams...

50% depression / Anxiety - future exam scheduled

50% Prostate - future exam scheduled

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I guess if you compensation decision doesn't mention future exams, you are one of the lucky ones!!

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