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Katie Fitzgerald ‘opens doors’ at CTF 

February 16, 2024Liz Beaulieu, Editor

CANTON, Ohio – Katie Fitzgerald says the Clinician Task Force, where she is a new executive board member, is a good place to channel her passions for advocacy, data and what she calls “knowledge translation.”  Fitzgerald, PT, DPT, NCS, teaches in the physical therapy program at Walsh University in Canton, Ohio, but prior to making the switch to academia, she was a clinician for 15 years.  HME News: How did you get interested in specializing in complex rehab technology?  Katie...

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Cara Masselink

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Stakeholders make progress on power standing, repair

October 13, 2023Liz Beaulieu, Editor

WASHINGTON – Complex rehab technology stakeholders participated in a call with CMS on Sept. 26 to provide the agency with additional information to support Medicare coverage for power standing systems.  The meeting was led by the ITEM Coalition and attended by Wayne Grau, executive director of NCART, and Cara Masselink, executive director of the Clinician Task Force, as well as physicians, clinicians, manufacturers and consumers.  “I would love to tell you, ‘It’s...

Clinician Task Force (CTF), Complex Rehab Technology (CRT), ITEM Coalition, NCART


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RESNA, CTF urgently seek comments on paper

January 18, 2023HME News Staff

ARLINGTON, Va. – RESNA and the Clinician Task Force seek comments on a draft position paper, “RESNA and CTF Position on the Application of Supported Standing Devices: Current State of the Literature.” The paper describes the results of a rigorous scoping review, analyzing results through an International Classification of Function (ICF) lens, with the goal of producing a position paper explaining the impact of supported standing in a variety of devices. Due to an urgent advocacy...

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New ICD-10 codes take effect for mobility devices

December 14, 2022HME News Staff

WASHINGTON – An updated policy article for wheelchair seating that went into effect on Oct. 1, 2022, includes additional ICD-10 codes that will allow Medicare beneficiaries with certain diagnoses to obtain the seating products that they require. The codes were requested by the Clinician Task Force. The codes and diagnoses are: F03 - Unspecified Dementia Group 2 and Group 4 G31.83 - Dementia with Lewy bodies Group 2 and Group 4 G60.0 - Hereditary Motor and Sensory Neuropathy Group 2 Q72 codes...

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Seat elevation takes another step forward

November 4, 2022Liz Beaulieu, Editor

YARMOUTH, Maine – Complex rehab stakeholders submitted more than 3,500 comments in support of reconsidering the national coverage determination for mobility assistive equipment to include power seat elevation systems.  “Even CMS said it was quite a large number of comments,” said Wayne Grau, executive director of NCART, on a recent industry webcast, “and these weren’t cut-and-paste comments. But there’s still a long row to go here.”  Stakeholders...

Clinician Task Force (CTF), Complex Rehab, NCART, Power seat elevation


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Cara Masselink

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CTF calls for donations

October 28, 2022Liz Beaulieu, Editor

YARMOUTH, Maine – The Clinician Task Force is in the middle of a fall pledge drive to support the organization’s advocacy, policy work and other activities for next year.  The CTF, which is primarily supported through donations from manufacturers and providers, has a goal of raising $125,000, says Executive Director Cara Masselink.  “This year, we’re going to try to brand manufacturer and supplier membership, but also expand our reach with a healthcare organization...

Cara Masselink, Clinician Task Force (CTF), Complex Rehab


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CTF amps up website

October 1, 2021Liz Beaulieu, Editor

YARMOUTH, Maine - The Clinician Task Force’s website now has a “Resources” tab to house all of the papers that its work groups have published.  They include a Telehealth Flow Chart, Telehealth Examples and Standing Frame Evidence, with Power Standing Flow Chart and Denial Roadmap to come soon.   “They can be downloaded and used for advocacy and for reference and all the good things,” said Cara Masselink, executive director of the CTF.   The new...

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NCART, Clinician Task Force publish guide for standing devices

July 28, 2021HME News Staff

EAST AMHERST, N.Y. – NCART and the Clinician Task Force have jointly published "Evidence-Based Response to Insurance Denials of Standing Devices,” a guide to policy makers and health care insurance plans regarding the proper coverage and funding of standing devices for children and adults with disabilities. "Standing devices have a long history of prescription and use to provide important medical benefits and other positive outcomes,” said Don Clayback, executive director of NCART....

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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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Stakeholders launch telehealth survey

June 1, 2021HME News Staff

WASHINGTON – The Clinician Task Force and NCART have launched a survey to collect data and examples that can be used to educate Congress and other policy makers on the importance of physical and occupational therapists retaining the ability to provide telehealth services.  “These folks need to hear real-life examples of how PT and OT telehealth has been a benefit to people with disabilities who use CRT, so they can understand the need to designate PTs and OTs as permanent...

Clinician Task Force (CTF), NCART, Occupational Therapists, Physical Therapists, Public Health Emergency, Telehealth


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