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CMS exempts accessories from bid pricing – for good

July 29, 2021HME News Staff

WASHINGTON – CMS in a final rule issued today says it will permanently stop applying competitive bidding pricing to accessories for complex rehab manual wheelchairs, NCART has reported. In late June, CMS agreed to extend an 18-month pause on applying bid pricing to these accessories for an additional 90 days, until Oct. 1., to give the agency more time to review the industry’s request. “We are sincerely grateful to CMS for making today’s policy decision and...

Accessories, Bid Pricing, Complex Rehab, Complex Rehab Manual Wheelchairs, NCART


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Don Clayback

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Members of Congress press CMS on accessories

June 22, 2021HME News Staff

WASHINGTON – A letter signed by 19 members of Congress was sent to CMS Administrator Chiquita Brooks-LaSure late on Monday asking her to stop the Medicare payment cuts to accessories for complex rehab manual wheelchairs that are set to go into effect July 1.  The letter, circulated by Rep. John Larson, D-Conn., was signed by 18 members of the House of Representatives and Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pa.  “CMS has been reviewing the issues and our communication with them has been...

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NCART: ‘The time has come’

June 7, 2021HME News Staff

WASHINGTON – NCART has updated www.protectmymobility.org to allow advocates to send a pre-written email to their members of Congress asking them to permanently exempt accessories for complex rehab manual wheelchairs from competitive bidding pricing. “As we have been sharing, June 30 marks the end of the 18-month suspension preventing Medicare from inappropriately applying competitive bid program rates to CRT manual wheelchair accessories,” NCART stated in a bulletin. “The...

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Complex rehab letter draws support from 41 representatives

September 29, 2020HME News Staff

WASHINGTON - Forty one members of the House of Representatives have signed a congressional letter urging CMS to permanently stop applying competitive bidding pricing to accessories for complex rehab manual wheelchairs. Reps. John Larson, D-Conn., and Lee Zeldin, R-N.Y., began circulating the letter in August. “Our sincere thanks goes to Reps. Larson and Zeldin for their continued leadership in protecting access to CRT for people with disabilities and to their 39 colleagues,” wrote Don...

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Champions extend deadline for letter on accessories

September 1, 2020HME News Staff

WASHINGTON - Reps. John Larson, D-Conn., and Lee Zeldin, R-N.Y., have extended the deadline for their sign-on letter asking CMS to permanently exempt accessories for complex rehab manual wheelchairs from competitive bidding pricing to Sept. 18. “They understand it's been challenging to contact offices during the August recess and want to give us more time to continue our outreach to other representatives,” NCART stated in a bulletin. The deadline was previously Aug. 31. For the current...

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Awareness week spotlights complex rehab, accessories

August 19, 2020HME News Staff

WASHINGTON - More than 65 organizations and thousands of individuals participated in National CRT Awareness Week Aug. 10-14.Their top goal for the week: To get their members of the House of Representatives to sign a letter asking CMS to permanently exempt accessories for complex rehab manual wheelchairs from competitive bidding pricing.“Getting as many House members to as we can to sign on to this congressional letter is especially important,” said Don Clayback, executive director of...

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Accessories: Time to follow up, stakeholders say

July 31, 2020Liz Beaulieu, Editor

WASHINGTON - Complex rehab stakeholders are working with their champions in Congress to craft a letter asking CMS to permanently change its payment policy on accessories for complex rehab manual wheelchairs. That letter may take the form of a “Dear Colleague” letter requiring signatures, said Don Clayback during a recent webcast, so stay tuned. “We're asking CMS to change the policy so it's consistent with (accessories for complex rehab power wheelchairs),” said Clayback,...

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CMS: New rates will be in place July 1

March 3, 2020HME News Staff

WASHINGTON - CMS has provided an update on billing for accessories for complex rehab manual wheelchairs, according to NCART.A bill was passed late last year requiring the agency to stop applying competitive bidding pricing to these accessories for 18 months starting Jan. 1, 2020.NCART pulled these highlights from the update:The new payment rates (not yet published) will be in place on July 1 and providers will be able to use the KU modifier for billing. Until July 1, providers should continue to...

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Relief on the way for complex rehab providers

December 20, 2019Liz Beaulieu, Editor

WASHINGTON - In a hard-fought win, industry stakeholders have succeeded in getting Congress to suspend competitive bidding pricing for accessories for complex manual wheelchairs.Both the House of Representatives and the Senate last week passed H.R. 1865, a year-end spending bill that includes language requiring CMS to stop applying bid pricing to these accessories for 18 months starting Jan. 1, 2020.“This really has been a four-year battle that involved getting resolutions for complex power...

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Accessories language passes Congress

December 17, 2019HME News Staff

WASHINGTON - Language suspending competitive bidding pricing for accessories for complex rehab manual wheelchairs has passed as part of year-end spending legislation in both the House of Representatives and Senate, NCART reports.The language, included in H.R. 1865, would require CMS to stop applying bid pricing to these accessories for 18 months starting Jan. 1, 2020.The House passed the bill 297-120; the Senate 71-23. The president is expected to sign it Friday.The language would also provide a...

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