NCART: Share new data with lawmakers

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

WASHINGTON – Complex rehab stakeholders have another data point to support their efforts to stop CMS from applying competitive bidding pricing to components of complex rehab manual wheelchairs. The Clinician Task Force surveyed clinicians from across the county and collected patient-specific issues related to the ongoing cuts to complex rehab, and shared them in a recent letter to Reps. Lee Zeldin, R-N.Y., and John Larson, D-Conn. “With the recent reduction in payment for CRT manual wheelchair components (accessories) related to competitive bidding pricing, there are particular technologies that are becoming increasingly difficult to obtain unless clients or their families can buy them,” the task force states. The task force’s survey and letter follow an NCART survey that showed 65% of complex rehab providers say the cuts have reduced their ability to provide accessories for complex rehab manual wheelchairs. NCART encourages stakeholders to share the two surveys with lawmakers to increase support for H.R. 3730 and S. 486, which would stop the cuts.