Stakeholders spotlight complex rehab with expo

Thursday, July 2, 2015

WASHINGTON – NCART will host a “Congressional CRT Exposition” on Capitol Hill on July 20 to educate lawmakers and their staffs on complex rehab.

The expo will feature hands-on displays of manual wheelchairs, power wheelchairs, seating and positioning products, and other equipment highlighting how complex rehab is different than DME. Consumers, clinicians, providers, manufacturers and other advocates will attend to provide demos and answer questions.

“This will be a great opportunity to further demonstrate what CRT is all about,” said Don Clayback, executive director of NCART, in a bulletin to members. “We will be able to communicate in person what the technology looks like, who uses it, the benefits it provides, how it is configured to meet a person’s individual needs, and other important parts of the CRT message.”

Complex rehab stakeholders are lobbying lawmakers to help them on a number initiatives, including creating a separate benefit for complex rehab, and reversing CMS’s decision to apply competitive bidding pricing to accessories for complex power wheelchairs.

The expo is being hosted in conjunction with the United Spinal Association and the National MS Society.

In other news, NCART has also pegged Aug. 17-21 as National CRT Awareness Week.