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Complex rehab stakeholders watch for telehealth developments

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10/02/2020

EAST AMHERST, N.Y. – Complex rehab stakeholders need to “dig into” any new legislation related to permanently expanding the use of telehealth to make sure it includes occupational therapists and physical therapists, says Don Clayback.

Accessories issue passes another hurdle

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06/28/2019

WASHINGTON – A bill in the House of Representatives that would temporarily stop Medicare from applying competitive bidding pricing to accessories for complex rehab manual wheelchairs is headed to the floor for a full vote.

Seat elevation coverage and funding continues to expand. Where are we today?

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02/27/2018

It’s a new year that is full of opportunity on many fronts, including coverage and payment for seat elevation.

What are CMS’s plans for prior authorization demonstration

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01/23/2018

WASHINGTON – A Medicare demonstration project requiring prior authorizations for standard power wheelchairs in 19 states expires this August.

All eyes on House bill for manual accessories

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11/22/2017

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.

Stakeholders chase legislative fix for accessories

‘This is definitely on their radar screens,’ says NCART’s Don Clayback of Congress
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03/10/2017

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

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12/02/2016

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.

How to have a vital dialogue about funding

By Seth Johnson and Mark Smith
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11/30/2016

After years of challenges, are there any signs that funding medically-necessary, quality-of-life complex rehab technology (CRT) can advance coverage and payment policies to reflect advancements in technology?

GAO emphasizes smallness of accessories market

‘The report is really the best we could have hoped for,’ Bachenheimer says
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06/03/2016

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

CMS stonewalls Congress on accessories

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02/26/2016

WASHINGTON – CMS has yet to respond to calls by lawmakers to restore reimbursement for accessories for Group 3 power wheelchairs by March 1, industry stakeholders say.

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