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All eyes on House bill for manual accessories


WASHINGTON – With the clock ticking on 2017, stakeholders have zeroed in on increasing the number of co-sponsors for a bill in the House of Representatives that would protect accessories for complex rehab manual wheelchairs.

Complex rehab stakeholders ‘pick up pace’ for manuals


WASHINGTON – Complex rehab stakeholders scored a big win when CMS used its authority to stop reimbursement cuts for accessories for complex power wheelchairs, but their job is only half done.

In brief: Medtrade shifts to shorter show, congresswoman circulates support letter


ATLANTA – Medtrade officials have shortened this year’s show and added a cash incentive to attendees who stick around for the duration.

Congresswoman releases support letter


WASHINGTON – Rep. Cathy McMorris-Rodgers. R-Wash., is circulating a sign-on letter asking HHS Secretary Tom Price to make significant changes to HME policy.

Accessories remain gray area for prior authorization process


WASHINGTON – CMS officials spent much of a Special Open Door Forum on March 16 discussing whether or not accessories will be covered under a new prior authorization process for two complex power wheelchair codes.

Stakeholders chase legislative fix for accessories

‘This is definitely on their radar screens,’ says NCART’s Don Clayback of Congress

WASHINGTON – Now that bills have been introduced in both the House of Representatives and Senate to permanently protect reimbursement for accessories for complex manual and power wheelchairs, stakeholders are in a race against time to get Congress to act on the issue.

Complex rehab accessories: Stakeholders line up for permanent fix in 2017


WASHINGTON – The chances are good that industry stakeholders and their champions in Congress will be able to stall CMS’s plans to apply competitive bidding-derived pricing to accessories for complex power wheelchairs for another six months.

NRRTS hosts online town hall meeting


TRINIDAD, Colo. – NRRTS will host an online town hall meeting this Thursday, Oct. 27, to discuss bills that would prevent competitive bidding-related reimbursement cuts from being applied to complex rehab accessories on Jan. 1.

The clock is ticking on accessories bills


WASHINGTON – With lawmakers now back on Capitol Hill, the stakes are higher than ever for stakeholders to get complex rehab legislation passed before the end of the year.

GAO emphasizes smallness of accessories market

‘The report is really the best we could have hoped for,’ Bachenheimer says

WASHINGTON – Mobility stakeholders say they now have backup from the Government Accountability Office.