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VA RIN: 2900-AQ72 Publication ID: Fall 2023 
Title: Schedule for Rating Disabilities--Ear, Nose, Throat, and Audiology Disabilities; Special Provisions Regarding Evaluation of Respiratory Conditions; Respiratory System 

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) revises sections of 38 CFR parts 3 and 4 that address the ear, nose, throat, audiology, and respiratory systems. The purpose of these changes is to update medical terminology, incorporate medical advances that have occurred since the last review, and provide well-defined criteria in accordance with actual clinical practice. VA will also rename the body system currently designated for conditions related to hearing and the ear, to include the nose and throat. VA will also consolidate within the scope of otolaryngology several diagnostic codes (DCs) currently listed within the respiratory system.

Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs(VA)  Priority: Section 3(f)(1) Significant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Final Rule Stage 
Major: Yes  Unfunded Mandates: No 
CFR Citation: 38 CFR 4.85    38 CFR 4.87    38 CFR 4.96    38 CFR 4.97   
Legal Authority: 38 U.S.C. 501(a)    38 U.S.C. 1155   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  02/15/2022  87 FR 8474   
NPRM Comment Period End  04/18/2022 
Final Action  06/00/2024 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: None 
Small Entities Affected: No  Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Information 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