Tennessee: ATHOMES makes room for complex rehab committee

Friday, April 24, 2015

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – The Association for Tennessee Home Oxygen & Medical Equipment Services in February formed a Complex Rehab Committee.

“I think this is an opportunity for complex rehab providers in Tennessee to connect with each other more—to share information and ideas,” said Ashley Plauché, ATHOMES executive director.

The committee hopes to offer educational opportunities, and to mobilize providers on legislative issues and keep them updated on regulatory affairs, says James Rogers, committee chairman and CEO of Chattanooga, Tenn.-based Phoenix Rehab & Mobility and PPS Orthotic & Prosthetic Services.

“It’s become a pretty important state for CRT,” he said.

Not only is Tennessee the home of industry giants National Seating & Mobility and Permobil, it also plays host to the International Seating Symposium (ISS) conference.

The committee, which is open to all ATHOMES members, is comprised of ATPs, providers like Numotion and manufacturers like Pride Mobility.

The committee, which met for the first time at ISS in February, is currently focused on supporting H.R. 1516, a bill to create a separate benefit for complex rehab, and efforts to get CMS to reverse its plans to apply competitive bidding pricing to complex rehab wheelchair accessories.