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In brief: Stakeholders enlist Sen. Heitkamp, MedCare makes buy


WASHINGTON – Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., has agreed to be an original co-sponsor, along with Sen. John Thune, R-S.D, on a bill that would soften the blow of the nationwide rollout of competitive bidding pricing on Jan. 1, according to AAHomecare.

Fight for access ‘rolls on’ at conference


WASHINGTON – Mobility advocates met with 200 congressional offices to discuss complex rehab, Medicaid and other issues during United Spinal’s fourth-annual Roll on Capitol Hill.

United Spinal sets date for Roll on Capitol Hill


NEW YORK – The United Spinal Association and advocates from its membership division, National Spinal Cord Injury Association, will gather in Washington, D.C., June 22-25 for Roll on Capitol Hill.

It’s official: Gaskins becomes CEO of United Spinal


EAST ELMHURST, N.Y. – The United Spinal Association has named Joseph Gaskins its permanent president and CEO. Gaskins is an experienced Washington, D.C., lobbyist, accomplished executive in the wireless industry and wheelchair user from Seattle.

MS Society prioritizes complex rehab bills


WASHINGTON – The high-profile National Multiple Sclerosis Society has made passing legislation to create a separate benefit for complex rehab one of its legislative priorities for 2014.

Stakeholders, CMS talk wheelchair repairs


WASHINGTON – When CMS agreed to a meeting to discuss ongoing issues surrounding power mobility device (PMD) repairs, the agency had a rude awakening, industry stakeholders say.

A new voice for CRT

Thursday, July 18, 2013

At Monday's Bipartisan Disability Caucus CRT hearing, those on center stage were familiar, eloquent advocates, NCART’s Don Clayback (left) and United Spinal’s Paul Tobin (far right), explaining what complex rehab is and what S. 948 and H.R. 942 can do to protect it. There was also a new voice: college professor Adam Lloyd.


29th ISS brings consumers to the table


NASHVILLE, Tenn. – If the complex rehab industry really wants to improve access, one key group needs to be on its team, says Mark Schmeler: consumers.

Can't even get arrested in this town

Friday, August 24, 2012

I've been following this story a bit because I follow United Spinal on Twitter and they've been keeping me up-to-date. 


H.R. 4378: Making progress

Thursday, July 19, 2012

I was at Medtrade when Gerry Dickerson announced Rep. Joseph Crowley agreed to sponsor H.R. 4378, a bill to create a separate benefit for complex rehab, and I was at CELA when Don Clayback announced its introduction to the House floor.