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Update to DBQ Disappearance - OIG Report


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I took a deeper look into  @JustGettingStarted 's post about the removal of the public use DBQ's and found the OIG's Investigation Report

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The OIG found that claims processors awarded benefits based on questionnaires completed by private providers located in a different state or country than where the veterans reside, without evidence that the examinations were completed in person. VBA’s internal controls over public-use questionnaires remain inadequate to prevent the use of telehealth disability benefits questionnaires. As a result, the team identified inaccurate benefit entitlement determinations for 41 of the 81 claims reviewed totaling approximately $613,000 in improper payments for claims completed from April 2017 through September 2018. Public-use disability questionnaires, including telehealth questionnaires, contain an inherent risk of fraud. While VBA has taken some steps to mitigate the risk, this review identified further internal control and procedural deficiencies regarding public-use disability benefits questionnaires. Interviews with VBA staff and managers revealed a reluctance to continue accepting public-use disability benefits questionnaires. This was due to the fraud risk in using the questionnaires, as well as to the difficulty in updating the forms to ensure they remain accurate and usable for benefit entitlement purposes. These factors raise questions about whether public use disability benefits questionnaires remain a viable tool for streamlining the veterans’ claims process.

 

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I took a deeper look into  @JustGettingStarted 's post about the removal of the public use DBQ's and found the OIG's Investigation Report  

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6 hours ago, bellrungboxer said:

I took a deeper look into  @JustGettingStarted 's post about the removal of the public use DBQ's and found the OIG's Investigation Report

 

So here we have the VA wanting to rescind the availability of the DBQ forms to the public .

The VA would prefer that veterans be forced to accept their inadequate C&P exams which are almost always flawed, and are used as a tool to deny benefits.

Veterans get short-changed.

The main reason for so many appeals.

VA think tank genius at it's finest.

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