Veterans' Disability Benefits: VA Could Enhance Its Progress in Complying with Court Decision on Disability Criteria

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A letter report issued by the Government Accountability Office with an abstract that begins "To properly decide veterans' disability claims, the regional offices of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) must obtain all medical evidence required by law and federal regulations. To do so, in fiscal year 2004, the regional offices asked VA's medical centers to examine about 500,000 claimants and provide examination reports containing the necessary medical information. Exams for joint and spine impairments are among the exams that regional offices most frequently request, and in 2002, VA found that 61 percent of the exam reports for such impairments ... continued below

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United States. Government Accountability Office. October 12, 2005.

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A letter report issued by the Government Accountability Office with an abstract that begins "To properly decide veterans' disability claims, the regional offices of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) must obtain all medical evidence required by law and federal regulations. To do so, in fiscal year 2004, the regional offices asked VA's medical centers to examine about 500,000 claimants and provide examination reports containing the necessary medical information. Exams for joint and spine impairments are among the exams that regional offices most frequently request, and in 2002, VA found that 61 percent of the exam reports for such impairments did not provide sufficient information for regional offices to make decisions complying with disability criteria mandated by the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims in DeLuca v. Brown, 8 Vet. App. 202 (1995). In DeLuca, the court held that when federal regulations define joint and spine impairment severity in terms of limits on range of motion, VA claims adjudicators must consider whether range of motion is further limited by factors such as pain and fatigue during "flare-ups" or following repetitive use of the impaired joint or spine. Whenever VA regional offices ask VA medical centers to conduct joint and spine disability exams, the medical centers should prepare exam reports containing the information mandated in DeLuca. Congress asked that we determine VA's progress since 2002 in ensuring that its medical centers consistently prepare joint and spine exam reports containing the information required by DeLuca."

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United States. Government Accountability Office. Veterans' Disability Benefits: VA Could Enhance Its Progress in Complying with Court Decision on Disability Criteria, report, October 12, 2005; Washington D.C.. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc302400/: accessed October 16, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.