Johnny Isakson and David P. Roe, M.D. Veterans Health Care and Benefits Improvement Act of 2020
C&P Exam News: H.R. 7105, the Johnny Isakson and David P. Roe, M.D. Veterans Health Care and Benefits Improvement Act of 2020, was signed by the President on 5 Jan 2021.
There's a lot in this bill, almost of all of it beneficial to veterans.
Of relevance to C&P Exams:
1. The Veterans Health Administration (VHA) cannot eliminate C&P examiner positions until certain criteria are met.
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Disability Exams Research - Provides a curated list of recent scholarly articles concerning disability examinations.
VA often requires mental health examiners to complete six CP exams per day (C&P exams) per day, which significantly lowers exam quality.
A chart that compares the legal parameters of mental health compensation and pension examinations (C&P exams) vs typical forensic psychology evaluations
NOVA v Secretary of Veterans Affairs is important veterans case law - en banc opinion - Federal Circuit
How to obtain veterans records for a VA disability claim.
Law review articles relevant to veterans disability benefits and compensation and pension exams for PTSD and other mental disorders.
On 19 Oct 2020, the Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA) updated its M21-1 Adjudication Procedures Manual in the section addressing video exams for PTSD and other mental disorders.
In doing so, VA created a new name for such exams: TeleCompensation and Pension (Tele-C&P) disability evaluations (examinations) or Tele-C&P exams for short.
The revised section eliminates most of the vague language in the previous iteration (see below), except for one crucial phrase ...
If you want to understand the presumption of competency for VA medical examiners, I highly recommend this erudite article, which the author wrote in a refreshingly crisp, clear, and concise manner.
Wentling, Nikki. "VA Plans to Outsource All Compensation and Pension Exams." Stars and Stripes (21 Oct 2020).
"The Department of Veterans Affairs is eliminating its in-house compensation and pension exam program and will outsource all of the exams ... Lawmakers were led to believe the contracted examiners merely supplemented the existing program, primarily to help rural veterans and those veterans facing long wait times, [U.S. Representative] Luria said. Recently, however, VA staff told Luria’s office about the department’s plan to shutter the C&P program at the VA and contract with the private sector for 100% of the exams."
The Advisory Committee on Disability Compensation advises the Secretary of Veterans Affairs and the U.S. Congress.
C&P Exam News - PTSD and other mental disorders with United States military veterans.
C&P exam for PTSD - for psychologist and psychiatrist examiners. Your C&P exams are probably inadequate and maybe even unethical.
How to correct VA medical records - if the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) makes a mistake, here is how to fix it.
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