When you file for a disability or pension claim from the Veterans Administration, you will be scheduled by your VA Regional Claims Center for a Compensation & Pension Exam.
The information from this examination will be used to respond to the claim you have submitted or to review the medical disability or illness for which you now are receiving benefits.
You should be aware that the examining practitioner cannot treat you or write prescriptions. If treatment of any kind is necessary, the examining practitioner will refer you to the appropriate clinic or emergency department.
What is the exam about?
You will be examined by a staff provider or a provider who is under contract to the medical center. If you have any questions about your examination, feel free to bring them up with the provider you see. The provider will be reviewing only those conditions that the regional office has asked to have reviewed. The examining providers will not give an opinion regarding your claim or the percentage of your disability.
These decisions will be made by the Regional Claims Center. If you have any questions about your examination that you feel were not completely answered by the examining provider, let the staff in the providers office know so the questions can be cleared up before you leave.
The provider may have help from clerical staff, nurse practitioners, registered nurses and health technicians. Studies such as lab work, X-rays or other special tests may be requested by the provider. These tests are important in helping the provider complete your exam. Because necessary tests may need to be completed, your examination may be complex and long. The VA Medical Center will try to schedule all your exams on the same day.
It is important to keep your Compensation & Pension Exam appointment. If you miss it, your exam will be canceled, and you will need to resubmit your claim. That will delay the decision about your disability benefits.
If you are unable to keep your appointment, contact the Compensation & Pension Office at the Albuquerque VA Medical Center. A rescheduled appointment will be honored if it is made before the day of your scheduled appointment. The telephone number for the Albuquerque Compensation & Pension Office is (800) 465-8262, ext. 4182.
Richard Schleeter is the veterans service officer for the La Plata County Veterans Service Office. He can be reached at 759-0117 or firstname.lastname@example.org.