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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

C&P Examination Templates

Are you trying to figure out what information the VA needs to assign a Military Disability Rating to your condition?

We break down how the VA rates every condition on our site, but here is another great tool.

These templates were designed by the VA to help guide their physicians through the C&P Exam.  They tell the physician what things they need to examine, what tests they need to perform, and what information they need to record in order for the conditions to be correctly rated.

These templates can also give you a good idea of how to prepare for and what to expect at your C&P Exam.

These templates don’t, however, cover every condition, and they are written for physicians, so they may be a bit tough to understand. Remember, though, that you can always find complete, simple info on every condition on our site at

Monday, October 20, 2014

How to Rate Pectus Excavatum for Military Disability

Pectus Excavatum is a condition where the bones of the sternum and ribs grow inward, creating a sunken area of the chest. This can interfere with the ability of the heart and lungs to properly function.

This condition is normally genetic, considered EPTS, and thus not ratable for Military Disability.

In very rare cases, however, Pectus Excavatum can be caused by trauma to the chest. Most traumatic cases of Pectus Excavatum can be treated and corrected with surgeries.

Assigning a Military Disability Rating to a traumatic Pectus Excavatum condition can be tricky. Ultimately, the condition itself is not rated, but the effects of the condition.

Because of this, the VASRD does not give a code for Pectus Excavatum. Instead, it must be rated analogously on the symptoms it causes.

The most common ratable symptom of Pectus Excavatum is decreased lung function. If the condition affects the lungs, then it is rated under code 6842.

If it affects the heart, then it is rated under the heart code that most closely describes the heart's symptoms. 

If it affects both the heart and the lungs, it can be given two ratings, one for each. 

If it doesn't affect the heart or the lungs, then it can be given a single rating under code 5297 for the ribs. The ribs can only be rated if neither the heart nor lungs are rated.