U.S. Rehab takes message to Virginia

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Sunday, March 31, 2002

WATERLOO, Iowa - VGM's U.S. Rehab is taking its show on the road to the Virginia Medicaid program this month, according to Peggy Walker, director of member education.

Late last year, U.S. Rehab arranged a presentation, with the help of wheelchair manufacturers like Sunrise Medical and Invacare, for representatives of South Carolina's Medicaid program. The goal: break down the misconceptions Medicaid reps have on how much work and expertise is involved in fitting people for customized wheelchairs and seating systems.

U.S. Rehab started the road show just as the Georgia Medicaid began requesting rehab providers get a National Registry of Rehabilitation Technology Suppliers (NRRTS) membership. As part of the presentation, U.S. Rehab stresses the role memberships and certifications play in rehab technicians fitting wheelchairs and seating systems properly.

Although South Carolina has showed interest in following Georgia's footsteps, it hasn't yet run with the idea, Walker said.

"Right now, for us, it's more about getting out there and continuing to educate the Medicaid folks on the specificity of rehab," she said. HME

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