Ways and Means Committee seeks clarifications on accessories plan

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Friday, November 20, 2015

WASHINGTON – Key members of the House Ways & Means Committee this week sent a letter to CMS, asking the agency to clarify its plans to apply competitive bid pricing to complex rehab wheelchair accessories. In the letter, Chairman Rep. Kevin Brady, R-Texas, and Ranking Member Rep. Sander Levin, D-Mich., urged CMS to “take the steps necessary to code the CRT-only items separately so that, as dictated by statute, these accessories are exempted from the competitive bidding pricing.” Meanwhile, industry stakeholders are working to build support for two bills, H.R. 3220 and S. 2196, which would prevent the application of competitive bid pricing to complex rehab wheelchair accessories on Jan. 1, 2016.