TIP #7: If at all possible, do not reschedule appointments for consultative exams. This delays the decision.

This is a seemingly small point, but it is responsible for most of the delays that occur in the processing of your claim. When an examination is arranged at no expense to you, the date of the appointment is the first available. If at all possible, keep this appointment, as the process of rescheduling your appointment and getting a delayed report can add weeks to the processing of your claim. If you absolutely have a problem that requires that you reschedule the exam, don?t wait-call your evaluator immediately, so another exam can be scheduled. Please also tell her of any potential problems that would further delay the exam. Then, when you have your exam scheduled, please be prompt and be prepared to complete forms at the doctor?s office to provide much of your history to the doctor. Many of these details are used by the doctor in writing his report, so once again, be as thorough as you can. You may find that the actual exam is somewhat shorter than you expected, but the doctor is depending on your history and the vital statistics taken by the nurse beforehand. A skilled doctor can obtain a great deal of information in a short time, in ways you may not even be aware of. He is not only performing tests on you, but observing you and the way you move about the office, any difficulties you may have while you are there, and this provides him with a great deal of information for his report that you may or may not be aware of. Please be prompt, cooperate with the doctor, and if there truly is something to complain about, notify your evaluator immediately.



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