Mobility pushes to exempt rehab from NCB

Sunday, August 7, 2005

WASHINGTON -- The National Coalition for Assistive Rehab Technology has collected 1,200 letters urging U.S. representatives to exempt rehab and assistive technology from Medicare's competitive bidding program scheduled to begin in 2007.

"We want Congress to know that this is much bigger than just the self interest of suppliers and manufacturers," NCART Executive Director Sharon Hildebrandt said last week. "We have a lot of clinicians who have sent letters."

NCART will sort the letters by congressional district and distribute them to the appropriate representative. Senators also will receive copies of the letters. Because high-end rehab is customized to the unique needs of individual patients, there is no way it could be bid competitively, contends NCART and other rehab professionals.