Latest revision to VA’s rating schedule includes the hematologic and lymphatic systems


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Effective December 9, 2018, there is a new rating schedule for the hematologic and lymphatic systems, which addresses conditions related to the blood.

Since September 2017, VA has updated 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, and Skin conditions, and will continue updating the remainder of the VA Schedule for Rating Disabilities (VASRD)—affecting 15 total body systems—over the next several months.

One diagnostic code was removed, nine were added, and several were restructured. The complete list of updates is now available online. Claims pending prior to December 9, 2018, 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 December 9 will be rated under the new rating schedule.

VA is in the process of completely updating the VASRD for the first time since 1945 and is committed to staying at the forefront of modern medicine.

Author

Dominique Joseph

Dominique Joseph serves as a Public Affairs Specialist for the Veterans Benefits Administration in the Office of Corporate Communications.