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What we're up against

Thursday, April 19, 2012

When Paul Tobin gave the keynote speech at CELA yesterday, he wanted the audience to know what they’d be up against on the Hill today—deep-seated attitudes about disability that most people don’t even know they have.

Lobbyist: 'Refute these three things'


Jennifer Higgins, a principal at Capitol Health Group who counts Invacare as one of her clients, told a crowd of attendees that they must "refute these three things" about the industry: that they're equipment jockeys, that they commit fraud and that they're overpaid.

NRRTS 'raises the bar'


TRINIDAD, Colo. - NRRTS is shaking up what it means to be a registrant.

Stakeholders make their case for a separate benefit for complex rehab

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Industry stakeholders got a taste for what they're up against when, as part of CELA on Thursday, they visited lawmakers to discuss draft legislation for a separate benefit for complex rehab.

Lobbyist to CELA attendees: 'Refute these three things'

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

A Washington, D.C., healthcare lobbyist spelled out what industry stakeholders must do to get a separate benefit for complex rehab during a presentation at CELA on Wednesday.

Fired up? Ready to go!

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

We just had a debate in the office here about whether the slogan for President Obama's 2008 election was "Fired up? Ready to go!" or "Yes we can." I think they're both slogans that he used, but I seem to remember hearing the former more than the latter.

What's new for 2011?


The keynote: Last year, the keynote at CELA was a clinical presentation. This year, it's a government affairs presentation. Jennifer Higgins of the Capitol Health Group will discuss the "perspectives on complex rehab technology in health care reform and in the new Congress." "We were looking for something that would be a good lead-in to the Capitol Hill visits," said Simon Margolis, executive director of NRRTS. "We felt we needed to put our little piece of the pie in perspective."

Speaker: Use data, commit your time


Physical therapist Jean Minkel believes if clinicians can provide evidence that manual wheelchairs, used over time, can result in injuries--and they can, she says--the agency needs to open up its wallet for power wheelchairs.

Spotlight on CELA: 'We have to advocate the data'

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Simon Margolis at NRRTS sent out a bulletin this week announcing the clinical guest speaker at CELA 2011: Jean Minkel. Here's a Q&A with Minkel that will appear in the November issue of HME News.

CELA 2011 preview


NRRTS has already put the wheels in motion for next year's Continuing Education and Legislative Advocacy Conference (CELA): It has a new co-sponsor and a date.