VA is in the process of completely updating the VA Schedule for Rating Disabilities, commonly referred to as the “VASRD” or “Rating Schedule,” for the first time since 1945. The latest rating schedule related to skin went into effect Monday, Aug. 13, 2018.
No conditions were removed from the new rating schedule for skin conditions. However, several diagnostic codes assigned to various skin conditions were restructured or revised as VA aims to have the rating schedule better reflect modern medicine. Under the new schedule for disability ratings of the skin, VA broadly aims to distinguish between conditions that affect a large portion of the body, or the entire body and conditions that are localized or require localized treatment.
The complete list of updates to the rating schedule for skin conditions is now available online. Claims pending prior to August 13 will be considered under both the old and new rating criteria, and whichever criteria is more favorable to the Veteran will be applied. Claims filed on or after August 13 will be rated under the new rating schedule.
Since September 2017, VA has been updating the VASRD, which are used by claims processors to determine the severity of disabilities related to military service and decide claims.
The rating schedules for Dental and Oral Conditions, conditions related to the Endocrine system, Gynecological Conditions and Disorders of the Breast and the General Rating Formula for Diseases of the Eye have already been updated. VA will continue updating the remainder of the VASRD—affecting 15 total body systems—over the next several months.