Monthly Archives: December 2013

THIRD QUARTER BVA DECISIONS POSTED

 The third quarter of BVA decisions were posted the other day. Surprisingly, HCV filings only jumped from 513 to 582 for a net increase of 69 decisions. Most of the decision dates are October or November of the current year.  … Continue reading

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BVA–EENY-MEENY-MINY-MO. WAS IT CLAP OR WAS IT SNOW?

FROM THE REDSKIN REGIONAL OFFICE  IN INDIANVILLE, INDIANA   In one of those convoluted rulings, the BVA Judge here is faced with some unalterable facts.  Johnny Vet has four or five risk factors. VD, which is proof of licentious sexual … Continue reading

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BVA–HCV DIAGNOSED IN 1970

From the Hollywood Regional Office in greater Los Angeles   Here’s one of those HCV claims that looks for all the world like it has legs. Vet serves in Vietnam as a medic, or, in the alternative as a hospital orderly. … Continue reading

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TODAY’S FACEPAGE WINNER

Dennis “pop” Smoke wins this one hands down today. Humor is what makes the world turn in my tortured mind. A life without humor would be very dull indeed. Thanks Smoke.

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What do those first three pints of blood cost?

An unexpected sticky wicket has crossed my monitor–the Medicare blood deductible! Unless a private plan picks up the cost, Medicare patients must pay for those first three pints of blood by law (A., B.,) Clearly, this is a health care service … Continue reading

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What 21.8 million death certificates do–and don’t–tell us about viral hepatitis

ASKNOD members are already well aware that HCV now kills more people than HIV.  This study of data from U.S. recorded deaths held some surprises for me.   Standardized death certificates have two parts and utilize the International Classification of Diseases (ICD) … Continue reading

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BRAIN FOG WITH HCV–IT’S REAL

Here’s a great article that explains what many a doctor pooh-poohs as being a fig newton of the imagination. Brain fog, or cognitive dysfunction, is real.

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