by Jim Fausone
Veteran Disability Lawyer
Many veterans that have had a C&P exam have run into a private QTC doctor. QTC is the largest provider of outsourced medical evaluation services to the federal government and, in particular, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), processing more than 450,000 evaluations last year. The VA has had a cozy relationship with QTC for years. This includes the movement from QTC to VA and back again. For example, former VA Secretary, Dr. James Peake, was Chief Medical Director and Chief Operating Officer of QTC before becoming the Secretary and former Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Anthony Principi, was chairman of QTC.
Now the plot thickens. A large defense contractor, Lockhead Martin, has purchased QTC. It certainly raises the possibility that the DOD and VA interests will be placed above that of veterans at future exams. Should veteran advocates be concerned, it seems that "independent medical" exams by QTC may be an oxymoron.
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