Usually the VA does send the claims file to the doctor in advance of the exam, but sometimes the agency neglects to. If the VA doctor hasn't received the records, he or she may not even be sure of the reason for your visit. If this happens, tell the doctor you’ve been treated at the VA, and the doctor should be able to pull up your records on the computer. However, the doctor won't have any access to private treatment records if you have seen doctor’s outside the VA. And the doctor won't see any statements about your disability that you have submitted to the VA Regional Office.
Always submit all evidence PRIOR to the C&P exam. In fact, you should have submitted all evidence when you filed your claim. This includes DBQs (Disability Benefits Questionnaire's), medical opinions (nexus statements), logs (headache, Meniere’s, blood pressure, etc.), personal statement, spouse’s statement, Social Security Disability exams and determinations and other medical evidence you may have. Having all this submitted will provide the examiner the opportunity to review all pertinent information before the exam itself.
It is advisable to bring your latest DBQs (Disability Benefits Questionnaire's), medical opinions (nexus statements), logs (headache, Meniere’s, blood pressure, etc.), personal statement, spouse’s statement and other medical evidence. The C&P exam may have informed you to not bring anything to the exam. However, sometimes your evidence is not readily available to the examiner and having yours with you may help.
If you live far away from a VA Medical Center, the VA may send you to a private physician. In that case, if the VA doesn’t send over your records, the doctor will not be able to access your treatment information on the computer at all. The Compensation and Pension exam will then have to be rescheduled. This is because a C&P report is considered inadequate by the VA Regional Office unless the doctor has reviewed the claims file.
If you need the use of a cane, walker or other assistive device, did you explain that in your personal statement and take that to your C&P exam and every time you see your doctors? Do you use a shopping cart to hold yourself up when shopping? Do you have a brace, TENS unit or eStem and did you wear them for the exam and every time you see your doctors? Did you explain to your doctors and C&P examiner and in your personal statement how you manage your rated conditions...meditation, exercise, acupuncture, chiropractic, physical therapy (even self administered), Tai Chi? When going to any appointment, remember that the appointment starts at your driveway and ends at your driveway. You do not want a video of you skipping down the road after your exam! ;-)