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Survey ‘visualizes’ telehealth’s benefits

July 16, 2021Liz Beaulieu, Editor

YARMOUTH, Maine – The Clinician Task Force has collected more than 40 completed surveys that stakeholders will use to educate Congress and other policy makers on the importance of physical and occupational therapists retaining the ability to provide telehealth services.  The survey, distributed in collaboration with NCART, will remain open as needed, says Cara Masselink, executive director of the CTF.  “We have a great variety of examples to pull from that describe the...

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CTF names new leaders

November 3, 2020HME News Staff

VENICE, Fla. - The Clinician Task Force has announced new leadership for 2021-23, including Dr. Cara Masselink as executive director. Masselink replaces Cathy Carver, PT, ATP/SMS. She will serve a two-year term. The CTF also welcomes Nicole LaBerge, PT, ATP, to the executive board. She replaces Lorri Bernhardt, PT, MPT, ATP. Masselink, who has been active in the CTF for a few years, recently led a clinical subgroup for the ITEM Coalition providing clinical input for an NCD recommendation to CMS for...

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Reporter's notebook: Removing barriers to care during pandemic

June 1, 2020Liz Beaulieu, Editor

At the height of the coronavirus pandemic in the U.S. in April, NCART, NRRTS, U.S. Rehab and the Clinician Task Force were hosting weekly conference calls for the providers and clinicians trying their best to continue serving patients during the crisis.Here are a few notes from those calls:Prior authorizations pausedStakeholders received confirmation in mid-April that prior authorizations for power mobility devices are not required during the crisis. Providers may continue to submit PA requests if...

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Survey: Clinicians adapting

June 1, 2020Liz Beaulieu, Editor

More than half of the respondents to a second survey from the Clinician Task Force say they're starting to use telehealth, Cathy Carver says.Of the clinicians who are using telehealth, 30% say they're using a HIPAA-compliant version of Zoom, 12% are using Microsoft Teams and 8% are using Doxy.Me.“That's a big change from our last survey,” said Carver, executive director of CTF. “There's more use oftelehealth.”More than 150 clinicians responded to CTF's second survey.CTF has...

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How do we protect 'pathway' to referring clinicians?

May 5, 2020Liz Beaulieu, Editor

One-third of clinicians recently surveyed by the Clinician Task Force have seen their seating clinics closed due to the coronavirus pandemic, says Cathy Carver.The closures are a result of a number of issues, including patients not wanting to come into the clinics and of clinicians being moved to other parts of hospitals to respond to the crisis.“Access to clinicians in the traditional seating clinic setting is challenging in some areas,” said Carver, executive director of the CTF, during...

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CRT stakeholders host COVID-19 webinar

April 1, 2020HME News Staff

EAST AMHERST, N.Y. - NCART, NRRTS, U.S. Rehab and the Clinician Task Force are hosting a free webinar on COVID-19 Thursday, April 2, at 4 p.m. EST. The webinar will provide an update for complex rehab providers, manufacturers and clinicians, and allow time for information sharing and open discussion. “The COVID-19 virus is presenting significant challenges in all aspects of life, including the safe and timely provision of complex rehab technology and supporting services,” NCART stated...

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CTF grows membership, plans to attend Abilities Expos

December 13, 2019Liz Beaulieu, Editor

ARLINGTON, Va. - The Clinician Task Force has nearly doubled its ranks to 76 members in one year, says Cathy Carver, executive director.Carver, PT, ATP/SMS, who runs the wheelchair and seating clinic at Spain Rehabilitation Center in Birmingham, Ala., took over as executive director of the CTF about a year ago.“We're just finding that more clinicians want to be involved,” she said. “Clinicians understand the CRT world and they want to help and they need a place to go.”The...

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Clinicians on camera

August 16, 2019Liz Beaulieu, Editor

ARLINGTON, Va. - A work group of the Clinician Task Force is producing eight-minute videos to educate wheelchairs users on the importance of current complex rehab technology legislation.CTF expected the videos to be completed just in time for National CRT Awareness Week, Aug. 19-23.“This is our tangible contribution as an organization to CRT Week,” said Cathy Carver, executive director of CTF and a PT, ATP/SMS who runs the wheelchair and seating clinic at UAB Spain Rehabilitation Center...

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NRRTS, CTF push local advocacy

April 29, 2019Tracy Orzel

LUBBOCK, Texas, and ARLINGTON, Va. — NRRTS and the Clinician Task Force (CTF) are collaborating on a pilot program that encourages suppliers, clinicians and consumers to team up and increase awareness of complex rehab at the local level. “I think a lot of people go to Washington, D.C., and say, 'I did my part. I went on the Hill,' then they go home,” said Weesie Walker, executive director of NRRTS. “What they fail to recognize is that the person they saw that day might...

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Clinican Task Force seeks to 'build capacity'

January 24, 2019Liz Beaulieu, Editor

ARLINGTON, Va. - The Clinician Task Force has identified its top priorities for 2019, including recruiting more clinicians into the seating and wheeled mobility profession.“We use the term building capacity,” said Cathy Carver, the new executive director of the CTF. “Most clinicians in this profession are in my shoes and have been doing it for 22 years or longer. We don't want to leave this profession without anyone behind us.”The CTF is looking at developing mentoring programs...

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