TABLE 5-3 Medical Conditions Most and Least Likely to Be Allowed or Remanded on Appeal by BVA (Minimum of 100 Appeals), October 1, 2005–May 31, 2006

Diagnostic Code

Issue

Number of Appeals

Number Allowed or Remanded

Percent Allowed or Remanded

5025

Fibromyalgia

122

75

61.5

9411

PTSD

3,796

2,245

59.1

5242

Degenerative arthritis of the spine

191

112

58.6

9203

Schizophrenia, paranoid type

234

134

57.3

5237

Lumbosacral or cervical strain

597

341

57.1

9434

Major depressive disorder

605

345

57.0

6079

Partial blindness in one eye …

177

70

39.5

6099

Other eye disability

246

97

39.4

7305

Ulcer, duodenal

211

82

38.9

5024

Tenosynovitis

163

63

38.7

7338

Hernia, inguinal

159

51

32.1

NOTE: The percentages are of BVA dispositions and do not include disposition of appeals by VBA regional and other offices.

SOURCE: BVA Diagnostic Code Distribution Report, October 1, 2005–May 31, 2006.

FIGURE 5-13 Percentage of spine and joint examinations adequately addressing DeLuca criteria, by VISN, FY 2004.

SOURCE: GAO (2005b).



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