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In brief: Prior auth burden, VGM Forbin president, JANZ acquisition

January 19, 2024HME News Staff

WASHINGTON – CMS has finalized a rule that sets requirements for Medicare Advantage organizations and other programs to improve the electronic exchange of health information and prior authorization processes and reduce burden on patients, providers and payers.  The agency estimates its Interoperability and Prior Authorization Final Rule (CMS-0057-F) will result in $15 billion in estimated savings over 10 years.  “When a doctor says a patient needs a procedure, it is essential...

Complex Rehab Technology (CRT), JANZ, Masimo, Mullaney's Medical Supply, Prior Authorization, United Spinal Association, VGM Forbin


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Wheelchair repair: Stakeholders work to introduce bill in Iowa

January 17, 2024HME News Staff

DES MOINES, Iowa – Industry stakeholders are working with state Rep. Brian Best to introduce a bill related to insurance coverage for the maintenance and repair of complex rehabilitation technology wheelchairs, according to a MAMES bulletin. Among other things, the bill seeks to provide all definitions such as “complex rehabilitation technology wheelchair,” “qualified complex rehabilitation technology wheelchair supplier” or “qualified supplier”...

Complex Rehab Technology (CRT), Midwest Association for Medical Equipment Services (MAMES)


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Mobility

REQ puts in ‘hard work’ to maintain independence

December 15, 2023Liz Beaulieu, Editor

MANCHESTER, N.H. – Rehabilitation Equipment Associates (REQ) marked 40 years in business in 2023 – a milestone that celebrated its humble beginnings in the garage of Jan and Karl Soderquist and its growth to 50 employees and three locations in New Hampshire, Maine and Massachusetts.   “From their house to where we are now is amazing,” said Scott Soderquist, Jan and Karl Soderquist’s son and the company’s project manager. “All I can say is my...

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Rita Stanley

Smart Talk

Complex rehab: Collaborate for change

December 12, 2023Rita Stanley

Q. What is the current state of complex rehab?  A. When you consider the state of complex rehab technology today, are you impressed by the advancements, or do you wonder why there aren’t more innovative and breakthrough technologies that address the unmet needs of people living with disabilities? While I have seen some impressive and innovative products over the last few years, few have become widely available in the U.S market. There are many barriers to bringing new products to the...

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Andrea Van Hook

Mobility

RESNA readies new exam, applauds funding opportunity

November 21, 2023Liz Beaulieu, Editor

WASHINGTON – The exam for RESNA’s seating and mobility specialist (SMS) certification went on hiatus on Nov. 1 in preparation for a new exam to debut in February.  A group of volunteer subject matter experts has been working for the past two years to update the SMS exam by, among other things, conducting a job analysis, says Andrea Van Hook, executive director of RESNA.  “The exam isn’t necessarily about new technology,” she said. “It’s more...

Complex Rehab Technology (CRT), RESNA


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Cara Masselink

Mobility

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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Rita Stanley

Smart Talk

Complex rehab: Lead the charge for comprehensive changes

September 13, 2023Rita Stanley

Q. What does access to CRT mean?  A. Access to complex rehab technology (CRT) has been the mantra of stakeholders. While that mantra has been consistent, the issue at the center of each initiative has been different. Initiatives have included attempts to prevent inclusion of CRT items in Medicare’s competitive bidding program, improve HCPCS coding, obtain adequate payment rates, improve processes for obtaining new HCPCS codes, and modify methodologies for developing payment.  Each...

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NCART update: Awareness Week turnout, new supplier member 

September 5, 2023HME News Staff

WASHINGTON – National CRT Awareness Week Aug. 14-18 saw more than 120 organizations and hundreds of individuals share stories, write articles, post videos, hold webinars and create new resources for advocacy, according to NCART. “The week accomplished exactly what we set out to do, which was develop a better understanding of complex rehab technology, the people who use it, how it’s prescribed and provided, and why access is so important,” the organization stated in a bulletin....

Awareness, Complex Rehab, Complex Rehab Technology (CRT), National, NCART


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NCART shares Awareness Week ideas 

July 18, 2023HME News Staff

WASHINGTON – NCART has updated its website with different ways that stakeholders can participate in its upcoming National CRT Awareness Week on Aug. 14-18. Among the ideas:  Download pre-made graphics available on the NCART website and share them on your social media pages.  Make a short video about complex rehab and send it to [email protected] or post it to your own social media (Check out this sample: https://vimeo.com/845967059?share=copy).  "Like"...

Awareness, Complex Rehab, Complex Rehab Technology (CRT), National, NCART


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Mickae Lee

Mobility

NCART to Medicaid: ‘We can’t continue down this road’

June 30, 2023Liz Beaulieu, Editor

WASHINGTON – NCART has officially put state Medicaid programs on notice that they should be following Medicare’s lead in implementing a reimbursement increase for complex rehab products and services.  NCART in June sent letters to state Medicaid programs, asking them to increase their reimbursement and to work with the organization and other stakeholders to develop policies that best serve people with disabilities.  “We’re putting a lot of focus on reimbursement...

Complex Rehab Technology (CRT), Medicaid, NCART, Wayne Grau


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