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VA updates the disability rating schedule for infectious diseases, immune disorders and nutritional deficiencies

by Office of Public and Intergovernmental Affairs

As of Aug. 11, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) updated portions of the VA Schedule for Rating Disabilities(VASRD, or Rating Schedule) that evaluate infectious diseases, immune disorders and nutritional deficiencies.

The collection of federal regulations used by the Veterans Benefits Administration helps claims processors evaluate the severity of disabilities and assign disability ratings.

“VA is in the process of updating all 15 body systems of the VASRD to more accurately reflect modern medicine and provide Veterans with clearer rating decisions,” said VA Secretary Robert Wilkie. “By updating the rating schedule, Veterans receive decisions based on the most current medical knowledge of their condition.”

The complete list of updates to the rating schedule is available online. Claims pending prior to Aug. 11, will be considered under both the old and new rating criteria, and whichever criteria is more favorable to a Veteran will be applied. Claims filed on or after Aug. 11, will be rated under the new rating schedule.

Updating the rating schedule for conditions related to infectious diseases, immune disorders and nutritional deficiencies, enables VA claims processors to make more consistent decisions with greater ease and ensure Veterans understand these decisions. VA remains committed to improving its service to Veterans continuously and staying at the forefront of modern medicine as it has for decades.

Since Sept. 2017, VA has updated the schedules for dental and oral conditionsconditions related to the endocrine systemgynecological conditions and disorders of the breastthe general rating formula for diseases of the eyeskin conditions and the hematologic and lymphatic systems.


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  1. Very interesting – could have gotten at least 30% 10 years ago with these new regs. I had a good Doctor at the VA but they never discussed the disability parts and which problems I had , in order to put a claim in. Maybe they weren’t supposed to go that far. Thanks

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