Glossary of terms related to Veterans Affairs (VA) Compensation and Pension Exams for PTSD and other mental disorders.
Do veterans with PTSD and a substance use disorder (SUD) need to receive substance abuse treatment first, before they begin PTSD treatment? The answer is ...
On 6 May 2020, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit granted en banc review in National Organization of Veterans Advocates, Inc. v. Secretary of Veterans Affairs (No. 20-1321).
If the Court decides in favor of the National Organization of Veterans Advocates (NOVA), veterans would be able to challenge additions or changes to the M21-1 Adjudication Procedures Manual that constitute "substantive rules of general applicability".
A win by NOVA would also compel VA to issue "proposed rules", published in the Federal Register and available for public comment, instead of "sneaking" new rules into the M21-1 Manual.
Discusses article, "Traditional Masculinity Ideology, Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Symptom Severity, and Treatment in Service Members and Veterans"
Recent research shows that the Miller Assessment of Symptoms Test (M-FAST) does not possess adequate psychometric qualities to be valid for PTSD assessment.
This research, along with previous studies, demonstrates that when individuals exaggerate or feign PTSD symptoms, they do so in a variety of ways, including ...
This study provides further evidence for ...
That almost sounds like a radical idea, doesn't it.
I mean, we are the doctors and they are the patients. What do they know?
Actually, patients know a lot, as demonstrated by this very recent peer-reviewed journal article:
Ferrell, Emily L., Sarah E. Russin, and Jennifer T. Grant. “On Being a Client with Posttraumatic Stress Disorder: Interactions with Treatment Providers and Institutional Barriers.” Journal of Community Psychology, epub ahead of print (8 April 2020).
This research stands out in part for its ...
Questions for VA administrators to ask themselves regarding how much time to allocate for PTSD C&P exams.
The Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit created a "presumption of competency" wherein the Board of Veterans Appeals presumes that VA medical examiners are competent unless the veteran articulates a specific reason to believe otherwise. Plaintiff essentially asked the Supreme Court to eliminate the presumption of competence. The Supreme Court's denial of certiorari does not mean ...
Legislative priorities to properly assist United States military veterans suffering from service-related psychiatric disorders
Telemental exams by private psychologists and psychiatrists are prohibited according to the VA Office of Inspector General
Francway v. Wilkie (2019) is an important veterans law case decided by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.
This is a recommended reading list for psychologist and psychiatrist C&P examiners - those who conduct VA claim exams with United States military veterans for posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other mental disorders. (continued ...)
How to correct VA medical records - if the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) makes a mistake in your medical records, here is how to fix it.
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