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VA updates disability for genitourinary and cardiovascular systems

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The United States Department of Veterans Affairs has announced an update to the Annex VA cardiovascular and genitourinary regulations for disability assessment under Title 38 of the Code of Federal Regulations.

Changes have been made to ensure that these sections of the scale contain current medical terms and provide detailed and up-to-date criteria for ratings related to impairment genitourinary and cardiovascular.

VA renamed conditions, removed outdated language, clarified ambiguities, and added conditions with appropriate diagnostic codes that were not previously defined in VASRD. In finalizing the development of the rule, the VA received, reviewed, and responded to comments from the National Organization for Veterans’ Advocates Inc., the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, Veterans Affairs Paralyzed Soldiers in America and Veterans.

“These changes are important to the claims processing procedures and are based on scientific and medical information that is vital in making consistent claims decisions for our Veterans,” said Acting Under Secretary for Benefits Thomas Murphy. “Claims related to genitourinary and cardiovascular conditions that were pending on Nov. 14, 2021, will be considered under both the old and new rating criteria, and whichever criteria is more favorable to the Veteran will be applied.”

A complete list of VASRD updates for the genitourinary and cardiovascular systems is now available online. For veterans who have received assessment for cardiovascular and genitourinary conditions affected by this change, the VA will not reduce assessment based solely on the change in the assessment schedule. A reduction in rating will only occur if there is an improvement in handicap sufficient to justify the reduction under the old criteria.

“VA has issued several VASRD updates since September 2017, including updates for dental and oral conditionsconditions related to the endocrine systemgynecological conditions and disorders of the breast, diseases of the eyeinfectious diseasesconditions of the hemic and lymphatic systemsskin conditions, and musculoskeletal and muscle injuries.”

Sourced from:  https://www.va.gov/opa/pressrel/pressrelease.cfm?id=5740

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