By Committee on Medical Evaluation of Veter, Michael G. H. McGeary, Morgan A. Ford, Susan R. Mccutchen, David K. Barnes

ISBN-10: 0309106311

ISBN-13: 9780309106313

ISBN-10: 030910632X

ISBN-13: 9780309106320

Twenty first Century method for comparing Veterans' incapacity merits recommends advancements within the scientific overview and ranking of veterans for the advantages supplied via the dep. of Veterans Affairs (VA) to catch up on health problems or accidents incurred in or irritated by means of army carrier. reimbursement is a per month funds gain according to a score time table that determines the measure of incapacity on a scale of zero to a hundred. even though a incapacity ranking can also entitle a veteran to ancillary providers, corresponding to vocational rehabilitation and employment prone, the ranking time table is outdated medically and comprises ambiguous standards and out of date stipulations and language. the present ranking time table emphasizes impairment and barriers or lack of particular physique constructions and features that can no longer expect incapacity good. twenty first Century procedure for comparing Veterans' incapacity merits recommends that this agenda should be revised to incorporate glossy ideas of incapacity together with paintings incapacity, nonwork incapacity, and caliber of lifestyles. as well as the necessity for an up to date score agenda, this booklet highlights the necessity for the dept of Veterans' Affairs to dedicate extra assets to systematic research of the way good it truly is supplying providers or how a lot the lives of veterans are being more advantageous, in addition to the necessity for a application of study orientated towards realizing and enhancing the effectiveness of its merits courses.

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Recommendation 6-4. VA should develop and test incentive models that would promote vocational rehabilitation and return to gainful employment among veterans for whom this is a realistic goal. INDIVIDUAL UNEMPLOYABILITY Individual unemployability (IU) is a way for VA to compensate veterans at the 100 percent rate who are unable to work because of their serviceconnected disability, although their rating according to the Rating Schedule does not reach 100 percent. IU is based on an evaluation of the individual veteran’s capacity to engage in a substantially gainful occupation, which is defined as the inability to earn more than the federal poverty level, rather than on the schedular evaluation, which is based on the average impairment of earnings concept.

This would help avoid the present situation in which some currently identified conditions are not in the Rating Schedule. Another advantage of using ICD codes would be the reduction in the rate of use of analogous codes. 14 EVALUATING VETERANS FOR DISABILITY BENEFITS Use of common diagnostic categories also would allow VA program managers and researchers to compare populations and trends that would help in program planning and in epidemiological and health services research. VA’s diagnostic codes are unique and do not allow comparisons of trends in disabilities in populations served by VHA or the Department of Defense or research normed to the veteran population.

The law requires the commission to make recommendations to the president and to Congress about (1) the appropriateness of such benefits under the laws in effect on the date of the enactment of the act, (2) the appropriateness of the level of such benefits, INTRODUCTION 23 and (3) the appropriate standard or standards for determining whether a disability or death of a veteran should be compensated. The law also requires the commission, in its report, to include an evaluation and assessment of the following: • the laws and regulations that determine eligibility for disability and death benefits and other assistance for veterans and their survivors; • the rates of such compensation, including the appropriateness of a schedule for rating disabilities based on average impairment of earning capacity; and • comparable disability benefits provided to individuals by the federal government, state governments, and the private sector.

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