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Latest Compensation & Pension (C&P) Clinicians Guide as of 2020


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This is the latest Compensation & Pension (C&P) Clinicians Guide dated 20180719. The only other one I've seen is dated 2002, including the one on this website and the VA website. I got this from my claims agent, who got it from the VA.

VA Compensation & Pension (C&P) Clinicians Guide 2 Final Corrected 20180719.pdf

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This is the latest Compensation & Pension (C&P) Clinicians Guide dated 20180719. The only other one I've seen is dated 2002, including the one on this website and the VA website. I got this fr

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20 hours ago, marathonjon said:

This is the latest Compensation & Pension (C&P) Clinicians Guide dated 20180719. The only other one I've seen is dated 2002, including the one on this website and the VA website. I got this from my claims agent, who got it from the VA.

VA Compensation & Pension (C&P) Clinicians Guide 2 Final Corrected 20180719.pdf 277.86 kB · 25 downloads

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20 hours ago, marathonjon said:

This is the latest Compensation & Pension (C&P) Clinicians Guide dated 20180719. The only other one I've seen is dated 2002, including the one on this website and the VA website. I got this from my claims agent, who got it from the VA.

VA Compensation & Pension (C&P) Clinicians Guide 2 Final Corrected 20180719.pdf 277.86 kB · 26 downloads

A quick scan tells me that the clinicians on the ground have different instructions. 

For example, I have a wrist injury.  The examiner's refuse to examine the metacarpal- carpal articulation of the thumb because only the metacarpal-carpal  articulation of the fingers is ordered by the RO.  Hearing loss claims do not include loss by tinnitus in examinations and the audiologist will not fill in the block for tinnitus even when requested most times even though it is reported to them during the audiogram as a problem for high frequency tones.

The Clinician's guide is compliant with 38 CFR 4.42 for injury examinations.  The injury examinations done at the VA are not.  Where do you find the instructions to the Rating Officer ordering the examination and the reason the examiners state they are not allowed to deviate from the specific ordered examination?

The links are to VBAW?  Will not produce?  The link to your document worked fine but there is no trail to see where it downloaded from?

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Not in the usual VA flourish publication.  But I recognize Marjorie Auer in the acknowledgements as the BVA Judge who rendered my May 11, 2017 BVA decision.

The 2002 version download in Word.  Doesn't appear to be as complete as the 2018 version.  This may be a work still in progress while we are not seeing what is actually going on with direct instructions and guidelines to the practitioners who are actually doing C&P examinations today.

And then it could be just look nice stuff to placate upset veterans.

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Lemuel, I'm not an expert on C&P exams, but I've been slogging through the M21-1, which addresses the exams in Part III, Subpart iv, Chapter 3. Section A of this chapter mentions several tools for inputting examination requests. I'm sure they are internal tools that are only accessible by the RO and the examiner. You can find this section here: https://www.knowva.ebenefits.va.gov/system/templates/selfservice/va_ssnew/help/customer/locale/en-US/portal/554400000001018/content/554400000015809/M21-1,-Part-III,-Subpart-iv,-Chapter-3,-Section-A---Examination-Requests-Overview.

As I said, I got this version of the Clinician's Guide from my claims agent; all I know is she got it from the VA, I don't know anything about VBAW.

If you can't get the VA-appointed examiner to examine you properly and report it properly, then your only recourse is to get an independent medical examination and opinion. Unfortunately, they are not cheap, and it can be hard to find someone willing to do them. Beware of the ones who say they can do them by video; the VA does not accept these from private providers (even though they accept so-called telehealth exams from VA providers and contractors).

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