According to an article by Rick Maze at militarytimes.com, the Department of Veterans Affairs recently made the decision to eliminate the requirement of an in-person medical examination in some cases. It can often be difficult for veterans to have to schedule another appointment and have to wait for an examination. The recent change by the VA allows a medical professional to review the veteran’s file and decide if their is already enough evidence of disability in the file to establish entitlement to benefits.
This change is part of a number of recent moves that will hopefully allow the VA to process claims for veterans benefits more quickly. VA is attempting to improve efficiency so it can cut the average processing time of a claim from 255 days to 125 days by 2015.