Task Force Rebukes VA About TBI Examinations

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TBI Examinations

Benjamin KrauseOne task force says VA is intentionally using TBI examination tools that fail to accurately assess the residual effect of mild TBI.

The Montana Governor’s Traumatic Brain Injury Advisory Council condemned the screening tools used by VA to diagnose TBI of veterans in the state. And the task force is not alone; the Montana Board of Psychology said at least one VA psychology was using “deficient” TBI examination tools like RBANS to assess effects of mild traumatic brain injury.

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TASK FORCE TBI EXAMINATIONS REBUKE

The task force wrote a letter to the state’s Department of Public Health and Human Services that in part said:

“It appears to the Council that the VA is deliberately adopting a lower standard of care for veterans than that which is accepted for civilians. This accepted standard of care is not always achieved in civilian health care either, but it is remarkable to see it explicitly rejected by the VA.”

GATLIN TBI CASE

The rebuke from the Board and task force come in response to revelations that occurred as a result of failures in the case of retired Army Captain Charles Gatlin.

Gatlin was seen by VA psychologist Robert Bateen who made use of RBANS to assess the severity of Gatlin’s TBI despite three previous comprehensive exams. Those previous exams said Gatlin suffered a moderate TBI with moderate residuals.

RELATED: C&P Psychologist Barred In TBI Case

Meanwhile, Bateen uses RBANS, an inferior screening tool, and concluded Gatlin recovered despite indications that his TBI residuals were worse. Gatlin filed a complaint against Bateen’s license to practice psychology in the State of Montana.

Montana concluded Bateen committed an ethical violation, reprimanded him, and issued a prohibition against Bateen conducting another TBI examination.

Gatlin eventually restored his benefits, but not after an incredible ordeal that lasted 5 years.

VA leadership continues to deny wrongdoing and believe they are correct to allow psychologists to use inferior tools to assess the effects of TBI.

Why does VA leadership continue to deny the common standards of care for TBI residual assessment? Can Congress straighten them up?

Source: http://www.kare11.com/news/investigations/task-force-accuses-va-of-providing-substandard-care-for-vets/72365444

namnibor
Since the VA is Federal and should be standardized entirely, you would think if -1- State such as Montana brought the hammer down, this would be corrected VA-wide…but we have a Systemic Mess, meaning many brushfires within the ‘VA is Burning Paradigm’…(reference to an earlier post I made with analogy of Sloan Gibson playing violin while the VA Burns). All these VA management types and M.D.’s deliberately low-balling Vets for TBI and anything else need to be air-dropped into Bagdad,… Read more »
91Veteran
91Veteran
Without knowing more detail, Gatlins case may be an example of a state getting behind their veterans and forcing the federal government to provide the proper benefits under the law. Some states have very good state level departments of veterans affairs to help veterans living in their states. Some states see it as an economic issue because if a veteran is supposed to get federal health care or other benefits, it prevents veterans ending up in state programs. A good… Read more »
Robin Mitchell
Bad things are normal for VA employees like a parallel evil universe. At the very same time the Indy VAMC’s newsletter had a piece by Dr. Debra McConnaha their low vision specialist that said head injuries could cause vision and balance (walking) problems and veterans may need help for everyday activities: 2 miles away at the VBA Director Michael Stephens and crew were denying aid and attendance for my husband for the very same thing. McConnaha declared him functioning at… Read more »
Doug
I just took such a test and I couldn’t believe the rationality behind this Dr’s statement! Even with proof positive of incidents documenting and all they want to do is downplay, lowball and screw the veteran. I have 3 known TBI events and they shake it off as if it’s nothing. These people are pathetic and I’m making every possible complaint against dr.s or so called dr’s if they write wrong thing in my charts or reports. I’ve had enough… Read more »
Robin Mitchell
If you can get outside specialists opinions. Calling a large teaching hospital NOT affiliated with a VA is best for finding them. I have the name of a guy in the New York area recommended by a top researcher if anyone needs a referral. As I just told the Chief of Constituents Services for my congressman: you couldn’t make this crap up. I actually had both a VES doctor and a DRO ask me how could they know a 1250… Read more »
beccald84gmailcom

Hi Robin Mitchell, it would be great if you could give me the name of the Dr in NY? I live in NYC and I’m getting screwed by the VA here with my TBI. Thank you for your help.
Best,
Rebecca

Robin Mitchell

Rebecca,

I can send it to you tonight. Is that your email?

Rebecca Doyle

[email protected] Thank you Robin!!!

crazy elf
crazy elf
@namnibor (and others)! I like your idea to “drop [them] into Bagdad, Syria, Lebanon or Afghanistan…” to let them see what our new and improved “…all volunteer…” military is all about. I would even take it further. Let everyone, from Bagdad Bobbie (that FAKE “Special Forces” puke) on down to the lowly janitor, go to a “Real Honest to GOD Combat Zone!” Where Real Honest to GOD Bullets and Rockets (122’s or whatever their using now) are coming straight at… Read more »
Mary E Free
Mary E Free

hello to crazyelf. If my husband were alive today he would say exactly the same thing. He pulled point a lot and was as tough as a coiled spring when he mustered out. 82nd Airborne AllAmerican Vietnam 1966-1968. Whataman. I will love him forever.

crazy elf
crazy elf
@Mary E Free I hate the VA with all my soul! The lack of care they give the majority of veterans is egregious. This, coupled with, quote; “I don’t know!” or “That’s not my job!” or “Take it up with your Congressmen!” or whatever “excuses” those pukes want to say is – well, there’s just so much a person can take! I’m not saying there aren’t any good employees. There are! Their just so few! And, why don’t they stand… Read more »
Ryan O'Donnell

My issue is with the PHX VA. Got out in 2007 and as of last year, I made them give me a CT Scan and MRi. Guess what, based on Radiology report, Moderate Chronic MicroVascular Disease…..

Can’t fake or lie about that, now can I?

R.ODonnell

Dennis
Dennis
Well, in Viet-Nam my unit came under a sustained mortar attack one time that went on about 30 or 40 minutes. I believe they said we received around 500 incoming rounds of 82mm. mortar fire. This was on a company sized LZ in the jungle and most of the incoming rounds hit in my platoon area. We weren’t even dug in yet. No foxhole. No overhead cover. Nothing. I still remember feeling my brain rattle inside my head whenever the… Read more »
Ernie
I think systemic is any C&P Exam with a non specialist doctor.They do this on purpose and use an internist on an exam to setup the denial. They have the duty to assist veterans and the VA fails!! Another part I noticed is the contention on ebenefits have disappeared on my account?? I have a Senator looking into that. The retro pay should go back and it seems they don’t want to go back only giving a very low amount??… Read more »
Merri Busch
Merri Busch

Excellent question, Ben. I’ve had a VA neuropsychologist reject the findings of a civilian neuropsychologist. My opinion carries no weight even tho I’ve worked with people with THIs for years. There is a lack of consistent use of standardized assessments that measure objectively the residuals. An MMPI doesn’t work with TBI.

Doc
Doc
I was retired for my head wound I received May 14th, 1967! I was a Combat Medic and was wounded while attempting to patch up our point man by grenades and other shrapnel flying through the air. As I wrote I was retired from the military (like I went 20 years) after almost a year in various hospitals from the Philippines, Japan and two more in the United States. In 2014 the VA Regional Office in a letter told me… Read more »
91Veteran
91Veteran
Are they saying .20 a copy? Or did they put it in writing? If they only said this over the phone, play along and ask them to send you a letter stating what the cost is so you can budget for it. If they are stupid enough to do that, go to the media with it and state the VA is charging veterans for access to their own records restricting your ability to get care. I did that years ago… Read more »
crazy elf
crazy elf
Check this article out. There’s also a video. A little backround first. This is the same nursing home which was shut down two years ago. And the patients, 217, were shipped off to Lake Nona, Florida. Where, because no one checked the water, over 100 came down with “Legionaires (sic) disease!” Titled; “Lake Baldwin nursing center to reopen as state veterans nursing home” How’s that for a well thought out plan by a Congressman Mica? Wonder how much he was… Read more »
BEENTHEREDONETHAT
BEENTHEREDONETHAT

BEN, READ YOUR EMAIL STAT! NO FOOL HERE! EXPOSURE YOUR DOING GOOD AND I JUST SENT YOU MORE AS WELL! QUESTION EVERYTHING! #VASTILLSUCKSFORCARE!

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