Virginia drafts 'stronger'quality standards law

Sunday, August 3, 2003

August 4 , 2003

RICHMOND, Va. - Permobil sales representatives had a successful meeting with Virginia rehab providers in July, helping them to draft a "stronger and shorter" law than Tennessee's, according to Darren Jernigan, Permobil’s director of government affairs.

Virginia's draft of the law asks that rehab providers be members of the National Registry of Rehabilitation Technology Suppliers (NRRTS), where Tennessee's law asks only that providers meet the requirements of a NRRTS membership, said Jernigan.

Virginia's draft of the law also defines custom wheelchairs as all Medicare K codes, with the exception of the K0001, K0002, K0003, and K0006, where Tennessee's law exempts all those codes plus the K0004, he said.

"They're keeping [the K0004] out for now as a bartering chip," Jernigan said.

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