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[[Template core/front/global/prefix is throwing an error. This theme may be out of date. Run the support tool in the AdminCP to restore the default theme.]] C&P Exams went well but what happened while I was there infuriated me!

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So I went to the QTC office for my TWO C&P exams today.  First one was at 1300 and it was my MH C&P exam for PTSD/MST and my eating disorder.  Was with the doctor for about 1-1/2 hours and we went through everything thorough.  Apparently the reason I had this C&P was the fact that the VA originally rated me for Anorexia Nervosa back in 2014 separately from my MH PTSD/MST/Anxiety.  Looks like I should be under Bulimia rating because of my binging/purging with laxatives and the abuse of the laxatives.  The discussion was good, she did not have me 'totally' relive the disgusting event but we did touch on certain aspects.  I was personally assaulted resulting with a pregnancy where I lost the child in my late first trimester/early second trimester.  I felt pretty good about the exam and thanked her.

So I had a few hours to kill before my next C&P at 1615 so I went and got something to eat and chilled.  Got back to the office around 1530.  Now mind you I was already a bit anxious from my discussion a few hours prior.  This exam coming up was for an increase to my L ankle.  I am currently on a knee bike and I have an ankle brace on my left foot. So there I am sitting in the waiting room minding my own business.  Look at FB to kill time and I over hear a conversation taking place behind the glass in the office area.  Now keep in mind, I suffer from MST!  here is the conversation:

Employee #1 - So this lady was raped 12 years ago.  It's apparent you can't do a rape kit.  How does she prove this?

Employee #2 - Well the VA takes there word I guess.  

Employee #1 - Well that doesn't sound right, how do they know if she is telling the truth or not

SO I F***** LOST IT!  I MEAN I FREAKED THE F'OUT!  Went up to the glass and said "who the hell do you think you are to even be talking about a patient and their personal file like that?"  And "who are you to determine whether the person is lying or not?" "It's not up to you but rather a doctor!!!!!"  I asked for his name and he told me it and I asked for a supervisor...Well guess who the supervisor was!  That guy!  WTF!  I got the other ladies name and by now he had brought into the back b/c of how upset I was and just kept saying "I'm sorry" "I'm Sorry"  Are you serious?  By now the doctor who had examined me for my MH C&P came out and brought me to her office to console me.  I was sobbing, I am mean literally sobbing like a baby.  She said that was uncalled for and I told her "you are damn right it is".  I am going to report this to the VA, the QTC corporation, anyone I can get ahold of!

Needless to say I had to get myself together so that I could do my next C&P exam for my left ankle.  That doctor, too, heard the whole situation and was so appalled at his actions.  I told her thank you.  We were able to get through my L ankle C&P.  She said b/c of my right foot in a "non-weight bearing status" she couldn't do the "normal" testing of both feet/ankles.  She said I am noting it and she also said that the knee bike I am using now for my right foot, is probably causing even worse issues to my left foot ankle b/c now I have all the weight on my left foot/ankle.  She told me that I should get a wheel chair and to discuss with my podiatrist.  My calf muscle is significantly smaller now on my right foot but that is to be expected.  Over all the this exam went well and I believe favorable too.

So with all that going on today I am just completely devastated and reverting back to my old self....

Thank you for letting me vent!

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Okay this may be totally inappropriate but I for one am glad you got confrontational with the two idiots.  Let's hope that entire office can use this experience and learn some human decency.  I'm sorry you had to go thru this today but honestly believe you are/were the catalyst for change.

As for your C&P exams, I'm glad you feel the MH went well.  I'm guessing you will have to go back at another time to have the foot exam completed.

 

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Okay this may be totally inappropriate but I for one am glad you got confrontational with the two idiots.  Let's hope that entire office can use this experience and learn some human decency.  I'm sorry you had to go thru this today but honestly believe you are/were the catalyst for change.

As for your C&P exams, I'm glad you feel the MH went well.  I'm guessing you will have to go back at another time to have the foot exam completed.

 

Green

Thank You Green!

No I won't have to go back.  The doctor said she had the ability to put what she needed to put in there.  She was able to do her assessment to my left foot.  She evaluated my right foot and took notes of my scars as well.  She used the Goinometer so I think I am good!  I sure hope so!

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Hey Navy,
I am so sorry you had to endure the unprofessional behavior of those idiots. I thought I had a bad C&P exam experience at the VAMC when the doctor was examining me with one hand and eating a submarine sandwich with the other, but what happened to you was totally uncalled for. I know you will not let them just sweep it under the rug. More proof that QTC contractors don't really care.

I think this topic should be moved to VA Scandals.

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Hey Navy,
I am so sorry you had to endure the unprofessional behavior of those idiots. I thought I had a bad C&P exam experience at the VAMC when the doctor was examining me with one hand and eating a submarine sandwich with the other, but what happened to you was totally uncalled for. I know you will not let them just sweep it under the rug. More proof that QTC contractors don't really care.

I think this topic should be moved to VA Scandals.

Vync;

I think I am going to email the military and veteran affairs liaison gentleman with my concerns.  He really screwed me up mentally.  I am trying to get ahold of my therapist as we speak.  I am so upset. 

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So sorry this happen to you Navy4just keep your chin up and know were all Backing ya on this, they breached your privacy (which is a 3rd degree felony.) not sure how VA would handle this  its very interesting to find out  so it won't happen again to the next Lady/Man

Was this at the Dallas VA? I was there today to see my MH Doc. At the Diamond Clinic  a.k.a Copper clinic. second floor.

TORT CLAIMS would be a little different  but if I was you I would go see the Hospital Director and ask  how to pursue this....tell them your damn serious..first they will try to talk you out of it but when they see your serious  I think things will change.

lets hope so

 Hadit elder member Ms berta may know what you can do or what to do who to see.

Hang in there girl!

 

.........Buck

Dr C Bash & his associate attorney John Dorley would tear them up in my opinion

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      Wrap this all up with a successful expedited hardship approval and you now have me waiting for answers. Well today (a few moments prior to writing this) I found out I am getting a C&P exam for this...I almost feel like this is a slap in the face...I mean how am I to go up to that examiner and explain all this when I literally gave it all to them...
      Has anyone been in my shoes before???
       
      Thank you all.
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      Five Year Rule) If you have had the same rating for five or more years, the VA cannot reduce your rating unless your condition has improved on a sustained basis. All the medical evidence, not just the reexamination report, must support the conclusion that your improvement is more than temporary.



      Ten Year Rule) The 10 year rule is after 10 years, the service connection is protected from being dropped.



      Twenty Year Rule) If your disability has been continuously rated at or above a certain rating level for 20 or more years, the VA cannot reduce your rating unless it finds the rating was based on fraud. This is a very high standard and it's unlikely the rating would get reduced.



      If you are 100% for 20 years (Either 100% schedular or 100% TDIU - Total Disability based on Individual Unemployability or IU), you are automatically Permanent & Total (P&T). And, that after 20 years the total disability (100% or IU) is protected from reduction for the remainder of the person's life. "M-21-1-IX.ii.2.1.j. When a P&T Disability Exists"



      At 55, P&T (Permanent & Total) or a few other reasons the VBA will not initiate a review. Here is the graphic below for that. However if the Veteran files a new compensation claim or files for an increase, then it is YOU that initiated to possible review.



      NOTE: Until a percentage is in place for 10 years, the service connection can be removed. After that, the service connection is protected.



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      Example for 2020 using the same disability rating



      1998 - Initially Service Connected @ 10%



      RESULT: Service Connection Protected in 2008



      RESULT: 10% Protected from reduction in 2018 (20 years)



      2020 - Service Connection Increased @ 30%



      RESULT: 30% is Protected from reduction in 2040 (20 years)
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      All VA Claims questions should be posted on our forums. Read the forums without registering, to post you must register it’s free. Register for a free account.

      Tips on posting on the forums.

      Post a clear title like ‘Need help preparing PTSD claim’ or “VA med center won’t schedule my surgery” instead of ‘I have a question’.


      Knowledgable people who don’t have time to read all posts may skip yours if your need isn’t clear in the title. I don’t read all posts every login and will gravitate towards those I have more info on.


      Use paragraphs instead of one huge, rambling introduction or story. Again – You want to make it easy for others to help. If your question is buried in a monster paragraph there are fewer who will investigate to dig it out.


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      Post clear questions and then give background info on them.

      Examples:

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      I was diagnosed with apnea in service and received a CPAP machine but claim was denied in 2008. Should I refile?



      B. I may have PTSD- how can I be sure?

      I was involved in traumatic incident on base in 1974 and have had nightmares ever since, but I did not go to mental health while enlisted. How can I get help?



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