CHARLES GEORGE VA MEDICAL CENTER, Asheville, NC- As part of The VA Mid-Atlantic Health Care Network Charles George VA Medical Center will tackle the growing backlog of Compensation and Pension (C&P) exams during three one-week sessions beginning in March. While Charles George VA Medical Center is up to date on its exam schedules, it will be assisting the rest of the network in eliminating backlogs. Veterans must have an appointment to receive the exam. VA Medical Centers in North Carolina, Virginia and southern West Virginia have cleared up to 80 percent of their regular appointment schedules March 7-11, April 11-15 and May 9-13 to accomplish the task. The Charles George VA Medical Center will still have regularly scheduled clinic appointments during this time, and emergency care will continue to be provided as needed.
Like many areas of the coun try, VA medical centers throughout the region have experienced a high-volume of requests for C&P exams. These exams are used to determine levels of disability and compensation due to medical conditions associated with military service and should be accomplished within 30 days from the date VHA receives the exam request.
“Our charge is service to Veterans and we intend to meet our commitment with all of the resources we have,” said VA Mid-Atlantic Health Care Network Director Daniel Hoffmann. “My intention is to continue the effort until the number of Veterans waiting more than 30 days for an exam is zero.”
Each medical center in the network is ensuring that extra trained and certified staff will be on hand to conduct the examinations. Veterans awaiting C&P exams are being contacted to schedule appointments.
There are many contributing factors for the backlog, including the recent approval of the new presumptive conditions tied to Agent Orange. This ruling alone enabled more than 200,000 Veterans nationwide to open new claims and required VA to re-adjudicate previously denied claims for Ischemic Heart Disease, Parkinson’s disease, Hairy Cell or other B-cell Leukemia’s. The Mid-Atlantic region, and North Carolina in particular, has experienced sustained and dramatic Veteran population growth often tied to the fact that this region is home to some of America’s largest military installations.
Completed exams will be forwarded to the appropri ate Veterans Benefits Administration Regional Office where specialists will make determinations and mail notifications to the Veterans. VBA Regional Offices are located in Roanoke, Va; Winston-Salem, N.C., or Huntington, W. VA.
Veterans or family mem bers with questions about claims should call 1(800) 827-1000, or log on to www.va.gov.
Veterans and family members who have questions about appointments or visits to the Charles George VA Medical Center may contact the medical center at 828-298-7911 ext. 3960.Read the full article