ACE Exams

Performing ACE Examinations

Examinations based upon the medical records and history without an in-person clinical examination or testing are known as Acceptable Clinical Evidence (ACE) examinations, or the ACE process. The ACE process is only to be used when VBA has not specified in the exam request that an in-person examination be conducted and when the examiner/clinician determines that sufficient medical evidence exists to complete the evaluation. Instead of completing an IMO only DBQ (1015), the provider will complete the actual body system DBQ for the Veteran. 

NOTE: Providers may not use the ACE process for VES Veterans without prior approval from VES

Please review the below PowerPoint and supplemental training guide prior to completing your ACE exam.

ACE DBQs and Opinions

ACE Training Supplemental Guide