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For an IMO, you dont need to be in the area.  You simply mail or electronically transfer your medical records, the IMO doc reviews them and renders an opionion.  Dr. Bash, Dr. Analise, etc.  

If you want an IME (Independent Medical Exam), then the location would matter as you need to travel to the doc.  

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Broncovet makes a very important point here. If you are seeking an IMO, to help establish service connection, you are much better off searching for the best doctor that you can find, regardless of location. You want a doctor who understands what a claims effective IMO consists of.

If you're are seeking an IME, to help get the best possible rating, then location would need to be considered, since an in person examination would be necessary. 

Understanding the difference between an IMO and an IME, what each is used for and what makes them adequate as evidence is crucial to the proper execution of a claim or appeal.

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Sometimes, in BVA decision, they give the initials of IMO doctors in decisions, that often are awarded.

"Additionally, the Board notes the Veteran's submission of an April 2015 "Expert Independent Medical Review" by Dr. D.M.  Unfortunately, the opinion seems incomplete as there are missing pages regarding his assessment of the Veteran's back symptomatology.  An additional copy of this report should be obtained. "

(maybe the RO removed part of this report for spite)
Lucvkily you area has a Webmd site whereby you might be able to find a doctor for an IMO.


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