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I have not received a response to my reimbursement request for the pacemaker, but today did receive a response to a reimbursement request for doctor's consultation where the original diagnosis was made.  It was denied because carotid sinus hypersensitivity is not considered service connected.   Going to talk to the person who pre-approved the procedure to see if anything can be done, but looks like I may be out a lot of money.

IMO, a service provider should be able to submit a diagnosis to FMP.  FMP then would either issue an authorization or a denial.  If an authorization is issued and the procedure is completed, FMP should not be allowed to change their minds.  As it stands now FMP is nothing but a crap shoot.


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I know a little about the FMP since I also live overseas, but in the Philippines where we have a limited out-patient VA clinic and program. You maybe reimbursed by the VA for "Service Connected" issue

Jayco, What does your doctor say? If your doctor agrees that this procedure you need to go through is connected to your Service Connected IHD, then he/she needs to put that in writing otherw

Update: FMP came through and paid all.  So all is well.  They renewed my faith.  Still have that one small office visit that was rejected at the beginning and caused me to assume they were going

You have a copy of the LOA listing what was being covered and the amounts that were authorized for payment don't you??


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FMP came through and paid all.  So all is well.  They renewed my faith.  Still have that one small office visit that was rejected at the beginning and caused me to assume they were going to reject my claim.  That's been re-submitted and I'm sure will be paid.

On 8/12/2016 at 6:33 PM, OSC said:

You have a copy of the LOA listing what was being covered and the amounts that were authorized for payment don't you??


What is a LOA?  Other than verbal approval, I had nothing and was offered nothing in writing.

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Congrats on getting your claim taken care of.

You are right in your statement of "renewed faith", I am glad that the VA paid instead of doing their normal foot drag. Other Vets reading this should also be happy that the system actually did work for you and not give up on their particular type of claim...again Congrats.

LOA is Letter of Authorization which is the VA's permission (but as you stated above, the LOA was never issued).

Don't party too much with the Baht you will get, causing any more heart problems...lol.



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I, too, live in a foreign country (Germany). I am new, as I have just received my 50% rating.  I have contacted the FMP, a lot of times, to find out just what is covered.  They will ONLY cover Service connected conditions.  They will, also, cover hearing aids and batteries. No eye glasses. The policy is different and cut and dried.

The people at the FMP are very knowledgeable and friendly (if you treat them like normal people) on the phone.

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