1. VA practitioners are now permitted to complete Disability Benefit Questionnaires for issues they treat, removing the previous prohibition on their input to the claims process. These DEBs can be pricey to have private physicians complete and often, the VA practitioner has greater in-depth familiarity with both the veteran and the service-connected issue. Good move, VA! DBQs greatly speed up the claims process because everything relevant to a particular issue (there are 71 different DBQs) is documented for the C&P reviewer to work with.
2. C&P Exam no longer needed for some disabled vets
In a modest change that could end up helping up to 40 percent of disability claimants, the Veterans Affairs Department is eliminating the need for an in-person medical examination if there is enough evidence of a service-connected disability in a veteran’s files or available over the phone.