Thursday, October 31, 2002

RATC progresses with power chair codes

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — Since April 1, AAHomecare's Re/hab and Assistive Technology Council (RATC) has been submitting HCPCS descriptors and definitions or developing them. In November, the RATC finished receiving comments and feedback on a revised power wheelchair coding structure from members of the rehab community. The feedback on new codes will help the process of refining them before they are sent to SADMERC, says Mary-Lacey Reuther, executive director of RATC.
United Seating opens new office

KIRKSVILLE, Mo. — In late Sept., United Seating & Mobility, Florissant, Mo., opened a new office here to serve the 15-county area of northeastern Missouri. This includes the cities of Kirksville, Hannibal and Trenton, and brings the company up to 17 locations in nine states.
Quickie hits prime time television

CARLSBAD, Calif. — The Quickie lines of wheelchairs by Carlsbad, Calif.-based Sunrise Medical seems to be going Hollywood. It started with "First Monday," a CBS prime-time drama earlier this year about the Supreme Court. One of the justices, portrayed by Charles Durning, was wheelchair-bound, making his way around in what Sunrise described as a "toxic green" Quickie P-222. That chair lost its role when the show was cancelled, but the fourth season of "The Sopranos" on HBO will bring another Quickie into the limelight: an XTR model used by a Beanzie, a character played by Paul Herman who was run over in season two. Beanzie—and the Quickie—are expected to have recurring appearances this season and into the fifth.