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Congressman introduces modernizing VA disability benefit questionnaires act


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Congressman Morgan Luttrell (R-TX), chairman of the Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs Subcommittee on the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee, recently introduced the Modernizing VA Disability Benefit Questionnaires Act, legislation that would create a universal standard for contractors to use when transmitting Disability Benefits Questionnaires (DBQs).

“Veterans shouldn’t be facing roadblocks and cutting through red tape to receive the benefits they have earned from the VA. When I speak to veterans in my district, and across the country, they always express the urgent need for more productive care,” Luttrell said. “This legislation is a major step in the right direction to streamline the claims process for veterans, VA employees, and veterans’ private providers. Our veterans deserve expedient, effective care and I’ll continue working to make that a reality.”

Disability Benefits Questionnaires (DBQs) are standardized forms used by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), private physicians, and contractors to perform disability examinations in support of a veteran’s claim for disability compensation as a result of a service-connected injury or illness. Current practice does not require VA contractors who perform disability exams to submit DBQs in a format that can be easily read by the VA’s claims automation software. Additionally, there is currently no convenient online portal that a veteran’s private physician can use to submit a DBQ. As a result, automation is more error-prone and VA employees have to manually read and input DBQs from outside providers, which contributes to the growing backlog of disability claims and results in longer wait times for disability compensation from the VA.

The Modernizing VA Disability Benefit Questionnaires Act would create a universal standard for contractors to use when transmitting DBQs. The standard would require them to be readable by an automated program to simplify the claims process. It would also require the VA to submit a plan for a convenient, online portal that veterans’ private physicians could use to complete DBQs. The Modernizing VA Disability Benefit Questionnaires Act would make DBQs more convenient and useful, allowing VA employees to focus on claims processing activities that require human intervention, such as rating claims and weighing evidence, rather than menial processing tasks.

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  • This commment is unpublished.
    Orbie_terrell · 2 months ago
    The VA Claims process is crying out for AI assistance which has the potential of clearing the Claims backlog and the potential to eliminate mistakes and fraud.

    Veterans deserve a better and more effective Claims system!
  • This commment is unpublished.
    Colesta Armstrong · 2 months ago
    Also VA doctors need to listen to family concerns. Tried to get the VA to make a diagnose on my brother Thomas Thornton, of dementia. But they wouldn't listen to me his sister or his daughter. Literally the doctor in Beaumont Texas would ask him. He went missing for 7 mths. 
  • This commment is unpublished.
    Chuck · 2 months ago
    That sounds great.  But what is also needed is ratings based on medical standards like hypertension there's three levels stage 1,2 and three.  Va starts at the top of stage 2. This is not fair to the veterns