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VA RIN: 2900-AP14 Publication ID: Fall 2016 
Title: Schedule for Rating Disabilities: The Organs of Special Sense and Schedule of Ratings--Eye 

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) proposes to amend the portion of the VA Schedule for Rating Disabilities (VASRD or rating schedule) that addresses the organs of special sense and schedule of ratings - eye. The purpose of these changes is to incorporate medical advances that have occurred since the last review, update current medical terminology, and provide clear evaluation criteria. The proposed rule reflects advances in medical knowledge, recommendations from the National Academy of Sciences (NAS), and comments from subject matter experts and the public garnered as part of a public forum. The public forum, focusing on revisions to the organs of special sense and schedule of ratings for eye disabilities, was held on January 19-20, 2012.

Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs(VA)  Priority: Other Significant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Final Rule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
CFR Citation: 38 CFR 4.77    38 CFR 4.78    38 CFR 4.79   
Legal Authority: 38 U.S.C. 1155   
Legal Deadline:  None

Statement of Need:

VA is updating its Schedule for Rating Disabilities (VASRD, or Rating Schedule) to better reflect modern medicine. The VASRD, which is part 4 of title 38, Code of Federal Regulations, governs how claims processors evaluate the severity of disabilities. While VA has routinely updated parts of the VASRD, this proposal is the first time VA is working to update the entire VASRD since 1945. In 2009, a formal project management plan was created to outline how to update the VASRD. A working group of specialized physicians (VA and non-VA), stakeholders, and claims processors reviews each of the 15 body systems and provides analysis to assist VA in developing updates. The public has 60 days to provide VA with comments. VA will introduce the proposed updates to the VASRD incrementally and is committed to an update of the entire VASRD.



Summary of the Legal Basis:

38 U.S.C. 1155


Anticipated Costs and Benefits:


Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  06/09/2015  80 FR 32513   
NPRM Comment Period End  08/10/2015 
Final Rule  02/00/2017 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: None 
Small Entities Affected: No  Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: Yes 
RIN Information URL:   Public Comment URL:  
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
Dr. Gary Reynolds
Medical Officer
Department of Veterans Affairs
810 Vermont Avenue NW.,
Washington, DC 20420
Phone:202 461-9700