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Has anyone else had a VA clinic write an IMO for you?


Has anyone else had a VA clinic write an IMO for you? I had one recently. The VA clinic who cared for me, and where I was an inpatient for 6 months when my pancreas procedure for removing a cyst on my pancreas went bad after they cut the billary tube, and it got infected, and to many complications to list. So, I had put in claims for this and of they denied, and it went to appeals, this was 10 years ago. I wrote the one of the doctors who worked in the GI clinic and was one of the main doctors who took care of me for those 6 months from the GI Clinic. I wrote him recently asking for a medical opinion because we talked many, many times while I was an inpatient and thought his statements would help me a lot for my claim.

The VA GI Clinic wrote me back and told me he left the VA. A few days later I got a phone call from the staff in the GI clinic and told me the doctors asked them to write a letter on my behalf stating  the pancreas procedure 'more likely than not' was the cause of the necrotizing pancreatitis. They then mailed me the letter, and I sent it to my POA/VSO, she sent it to rebut the IMO the VA got from the College or Physicians regarding my pancreas and complications. My POA is happy with the letter, although it was short and to the point. and had the correct wording, the clinic knew exactly what to write, I did not coach anyone they did this on their own.

The BVA judge now has al my documents and is ready to make the remaining decisions and I waived the RO and the 60 days.

I would never in my life would have though doctors at the VA clinic, the one who worked on me and I was patient at for 20 years, would go write me a medical opinion to help me, but living there I got to know lots of the staff intimately.

The doctors told me there was nothing left they could do and most people die within a few short years, and the pancreas was too far gone to even touch ever again. They treated me very good there in the last couple of years there because I moved and many of them also moved on over the years.

I will find out, hopefully soon how my appeals turn out.

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On 9/2/2019 at 3:58 PM, retiredat44 said:

Has anyone else had a VA clinic write an IMO for you? I

Yes in fact on more than one occasion. I had a doctor at the Fayetteville NC , VA  write two letters for me that supported not only one but  2 claims... A doctor at the Augusta VA  wrote a letter for me and filled out the VA form  for for housebound, which again were instrumental in getting my claims approved. I also had two VA  doctors for two different C/P exams  that made darn sure that I was awarded my claims... It happens, there are some doctors at the VA that care but sadly I think most are there just for a paycheck.

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I sent this info (investigations for wrongdoing and congressional hearings) about my dr., the center of this scandal and what happened to me to back my claim.... with the bva.. not sure if he cares,, the 60 day waiver window on my decisions by the bva judge is closing very fast now... and I got this info in just in time, I Have the new IMO from the clinic that did the work on me,, and the same clinic with the scandal and doctor who did the work on me... all rebutting the phony cookie cutter IMO the bvs got that said about my 1151 pancreas surgery gone wrong, as I a paraphrase their IMO against me, shit happens... so this Dr. Ho with the scandal that did the unauthorized liver studies on me (most likely) But the article admits they don't know when he started cutting the parts. They said mine was cut by accident causing the necrotizing pancreatitis, liver disease, internal bleeding from unknown sources, sepsis and the loss the ability to eat and walk and blow up of Parkinsons, six months in a bed with several more months bed ridden with home care... never fully recovered, never will. You would think I would get help from al this in my case!!!!!!


Dr. Ho was my doctor for years and the 6 months as an in patient !!




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Yes, but it was almost 10 years ago by a VA audiologist. After the exam was completed, they asked if I planned on filing a claim. I confirmed I was. She entered a nexus into my progress notes using the correct jargon. I filed and was approved a couple of months later without needed a new C&P exam.

I asked some of my other VA doctors, but no dice. They stepped around doing it saying they were not allowed.

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