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LHI? Anyone had any experiences previously?



I was contacted and sent to LHI for ratings increase on PTSD.  I was of course on edge just because and then going to a unknown contractor bothered me a bit.  But as I read on here they listed the doctors name and credentials which I used to investigate the doctor and liked what I found.  I showed up to the appointment and expected the appointment to last at least half as long as they paperwork called for which was about an hour and a half.  Appointment time was 0800 hrs and I was back out the door and in my car by 0825.  Now to the nitty gritty.  It was not bad at all.  The doctor had reviewed all of my stressors prior to me coming in and we did not speak of them at all not even in passing.  What I would have given to know that he had no interest the previous three days would've kept me from crawling the walls and being even more anxious than normal.  

Primarily it was spent doing a down and dirty DBQ where he asked about changes and I presented my notebook and letters from family and the one friend I have left.  Before I knew it we were at the end and had in my opinion not really delved in deep as I had expected or experienced in my initial PTSD assessment.  I knew it would be somewhat shorter but it was short enough that I was thrown off and even told him "it is in my best interest to go into as much detail as I can with my notes"  and was quickly told that it was not necessary.  This alarmed me and the whole time I was wondering in the back of my head if this wasn't some sort of Hatchet job and now was convinced that we had a problem.  But he reassured me that if I needed to go ahead and talk about the symptoms more then by all means go for it.  I know that I must've had the strangest look on my face maybe even the slightest bit of homicidal maniac....All I kept thinking was something is wrong....wrong wrong and more wrong. BOHICA BOHICA oh no here it comes. Its been barely 20 mins how could this be so quick?  I mean we are going up for 100% from 70% quite a bump and change in status.....

He told me that for what it was worth he was approving or submitting the paper for the increase.  Also said he was not sure why I did not have it already from the first C&P, but we all know why don't we?  Now I figure he could have lied and might have but I don't see the upside really...not that its not possible....either way...  

Now that don't mean nothing and I wont believe that or anything else until I see it when I check my bluebutton records or a brown envelop shows up in my mailbox.  

But what if....Could I finally be done fighting them and maybe get my 100%?  I mean one little NOD and three years later another C&P could I be so lucky not to have to play whack a mole all the way up to DC?  maybe just maybe....

When I was leaving I ran into the guy that was waiting along side me for an 8:00 appointment and he said " this is a new one on me" I agreed, he was there after submitting a NEW PTSD claim down the FDC (fully developed claim) route 3 weeks ago.....Three weeks ago he submitted his stuff and was there same day as me doing a C&P maybe things are picking up speed finally...maybe

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Vync It is what it is. We also call it the hamster wheel. Now, if there was some ADDITIONAL monetary considerations that the VA had to pay out to the veteran for sloppy work (or sloppy work from outside examiners), it think maybe we wouldn't have to go round-and-round. Unfortunately, it is the opposite. There are enough veterans that accept the denial to make it worth while for the VA to put up for the poor quality sometimes. More cost effective. Why else would they put up with it?

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I've had a C and P exam done and the nurse practitioner pencil whipped the exam stating she performed steps that were never completed.

She was in a hurry due to a snow storm was predicted for the area and she wanted to get home before the snow.

I've had many Orthopedic Surgeons write statements on my behalf and LHI is insistent on hiring a nurse practitioner to review and deny my claim.

Now LHI wants another nurse practitioner to do a second review after they caught wind the first nurse practitioner did not complete the necessary paperwork and steps.

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LHI is the WORST company a veteran can be associated with. If you have a mileage compensation claim, forget to expect to receive your money 💰 in a TIMELY fashion!! My first compensation check arrived torn on July 10, and, of course, our bank would not CASH it. We were told it would take 30 days to reissue another check. Well, it's now September 7, 2021,and we still don't have a check from LHI!! We just got off of the phone this afternoon with them, and they now tell us that it could take another 10 to 15 days to get the check to us because the check had still not been cut!! They, also, gave me a compensation interview at their Indianapolis, Indiana office on June 23, 2021, and because of the extremely POOR LHI interviewer, I was rejected on my disability compensation review. My VA doctor and a VA representative had to intersede on my behalf to finally get the VA Board to look at my appeal a second time, and then it was approved for a percentage increase in disability compensation!! Again, no thanks to LHI!! DO NOT, if at possible, use LHI for interviews, or anything else related to veterans' issues!!

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