Complex rehab bill signed into law
WASHINGTON – President Obama signed the Patient Access and Medicare Protection Act into law yesterday, delaying the application of competitive bid pricing to accessories used on Group 3 complex power wheelchairs for one year. “Our recommendation is to hold off on billing any claims for Group 3 Power Wheelchair accessories with dates of service on or after January 1, 2016 until this CMS guidance is received,” wrote Don Clayback, executive director of NCART, in an email to members. Unfortunately, the delay does not apply to accessories used with complex rehab manual wheelchairs, which will be paid at competitive bid rates starting Jan. 1. “We will be working on solutions to this issue as part of our activities in early 2016,” added Clayback.