Breaking news: House moves on accessories issue

Thursday, December 6, 2018

WASHINGTON – Language that requires CMS to stop applying competitive bidding pricing to accessories for complex rehab manual wheelchairs for 18 months has been included in a larger bill introduced today in the House of Representatives, according to NCART.

H.R. 7217, which focuses on improvements to the Medicaid program, would:

  • Provide a permanent exemption from the bid program for complex rehab manual wheelchair bases; and
  • Provide an 18-month “suspension” in bid pricing for accessories for complex rehab manual wheelchairs, meaning these accessories would go back to being paid at the traditional rates.

“The 18-month period goes from Jan. 1, 2019, to June 30, 2020, and will allow time for the needed discussion to make a permanent policy change,” NCART stated in a bulletin.

The House is expected to vote on the bill next week and, if passed, it will move to the Senate.

The primary objective now, according to NCART: “Starting tomorrow and through next week the House and Senate must hear from their constituents that this must be passed this year.”

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