Pride pushes grassroots efforts

Thursday, March 31, 2005

EXETER, Pa. – Sen. Rick Santorum, R-Pa., got up close and personal with Pride Mobility Products Feb. 25, receiving a tour of the company’s facility and learning firsthand about the industry’s efforts to clarify Medicare’s rules and regulations governing power wheelchair reimbursement.
“Senator Santorum is keenly interested in helping create a reasonable plan for all stakeholders,” said Pride President Dan Meuser.
During the visit, Pride officials discussed with Santorum the need for CMS to expedite the ongoing change in national coverage policy that eliminates the requirement that a patient be “bed or chair confined” in order to qualify for a power wheelchair. Pride also stressed the urgency for clarity in the documentation requirements under this policy.
Additionally, Pride representatives outlined for Santorum concerns with “gap filling,” the current methodology used by CMS to develop fee schedules. They also provided an update on the current study underway by AAHomecare called “Alternatives to Revise Medicare Gap Filling Methodology.”