“My screening is the same screening that is done by every psychologist that works for the VA doing a TBI examination,” he added.
One of the hearing examiners asked whether it might be more useful to base assessments on earlier, more extensive neuropsychological testing.
“You may well be correct,” Bateen responded. “But again, I have to operate under the guidelines as established by the VA, and the VA has in essence said that we don’t need to do all of this, that we — maybe it’s financial. I don’t know. You know? My exam is a whole lot cheaper than doing a two-day neuropsych exam.”