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.
Senator Roger F. Wicker (R – Mississippi) asked the VA to:
"Describe how the VA conducts quality control of PTSD C&P Exam Results, and C&P Examiner Performances."
This article reviews the VA's answer to the Senator's questions and offers an analysis of those VA responses.
I break down VA's response into four parts.
Problems with VA's response include:
* Ill-defined terminology
* Misleading responses
* The VA claims that the Audit Review Tool measures the quality of VA disability exams, but it actually does not measure exam quality at all.
The chart on this page delineates differences between the legal parameters governing typical forensic mental health evaluations versus United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) compensation and pension examinations (C&P exams) for PTSD and other mental disorders. (continued ...)
An important section of every psychological DBQ is the mental disorder symptoms list (for Initial and Review Mental Disorder C&P exams, the symptoms list is in SECTION III: SYMPTOMS of the DBQ.)
One of the listed symptoms is "suicidal ideation", which is the subject of this article.
When should the examiner endorse "suicidal ideation"?
That might (understandably) seem like an easy question, but it is not because psychologist and psychiatrist examiners do not receive any guidance to know when to check off a particular symptom. (continued ...)
In contrast to veterans’ lifelong promise to uphold the Constitution (“support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic”), the federal government systematically strips some veterans of their Second Amendment rights.
This deprivation of a fundamental constitutional right occurs if the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) declares a veteran incapable of managing their financial affairs, particularly their disability compensation payments.
Why are veterans singled out for reporting their allegedly "mentally defective" status to the FBI, their subsequent inclusion on the NCIS, and the dispossession of their Second Amendment rights? (continued ...)
Reading List for psychologist and psychiatrist C&P Examiners - those who conduct compensation and pension examinations with United States veterans.
What is the best cut score (cutoff) for the Structured Inventory of Malingered Symptomatology (SIMS)? This article answers that question.
The Ohio Board of Psychology published an Alert emphasizing that disability exams require forensic psychology competence
Mental disorder secondary to a veteran's service-connected medical condition - How should psychologists make this determination during compensation and pension exams?
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