VA Updates Rating System To Favor Veterans
By USVCP Staff Writers
August 12, 2019
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 (VBA) helps claims processors evaluate the severity of disabilities and assign disability ratings for veterans.
The complete list of updates to the rating schedule is available online. Claims pending prior to August 11, 2019, 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 August 11, 2019, 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