This bill would require the Dept. of Veterans Affairs (VA) to accept a report of a medical examination by a private physician to establish a claim for veterans disability benefits without requiring confirmation by a Veterans Health Administration (VHA) physician. Current law allows, but doesn’t require, the VA to accept reports from private physicians. The private physician’s report would have to be complete and include all information that’s needed to make a decision on the claim.
The VA would be required to submit two additional reports:
A report on the progress of the VA’s Acceptable Clinical Evidence initiative in reducing the necessity for in-person disability examinations.
An annual report for each VA regional office regarding claims for which private medical evidence was determined to be unacceptable.