The Referral Source(s) of the Month for April, 2016
This YouTube video might make you tear up a bit; that only proves you are human. It is based on events that began over 100 years ago this April during WWI when the Allies (especially Australia) tried to invade Gallipoli. The result was an estimated 500,000 casualties total counting both sides. The video is of the folk song called “And the Band Played Waltzing Matilda” I chose the version sung by the great Liam Clancy of the Clancy Brothers (there are other versions out there). The folk song is sung from the perspective of a Veteran from that bloody campaign.
I present it to you because I think it offers an emotional context to the work done by companies like April’s referral source of the month. The Department of Veterans Affairs doesn’t have the capacity to perform all of the disability evaluations that it needs to. They contract with companies who in turn contract with psychologists and physicians in the community to provide disability evaluations. The evaluations are very standardized and I’ve found I can write them faster than a typical evaluation. Instead of writing a more typical narrative report, you are completing a standard VA form called a DBQ “Disability Benefits Questionnaire.” There are different DBQ’s depending on your specialty/the presenting disability allegations.
In my free 10 referral source list I send out to people who subscribe to the Reviews & IME’s newsletter I used VES (Veterans Evaluation Services http://www.vesservices.com/) as an example of a company that does this. However, the reason I chose to write about this line of work this month was because I happened to receive an email from another company that also does this line of work. If you are interested in this work now might be a good time to explore joining the panel of QTC Medical Services. The email I received 3/31/2016 noted that QTC Medical Services has won 6 contracts with the VA. They reported being the only company currently serving the entire United States (other companies tend to only have a regional presence). So as a result I’m giving you yet another “double” referral source of the month by also passing along a link to http://www.qtcm.com/
Thanks, I hope things are going well with all of you,
Todd Finnerty, Psy.D.
P.S. if listening to the song “And the Band Played Waltzing Matilda” makes you want to cry a little, don’t worry; it makes me want to cry a little too.