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Andrea Madsen

Mobility

NRRTS ‘seizes’ momentum

June 21, 2024Liz Beaulieu, Editor

LUBBOCK, Texas – iNRRTS has spent the first part of 2024 contributing to repair reform efforts, hitting a milestone for its CRT Supplier Certification Program and engaging with its registrants in new ways, says Executive Director Andrea Madsen.   Madsen, along with Weesie Walker, former executive director of iNRRTS, teamed up for a webinar on May 23 to review the best practice guideline for wheelchair service, preventative maintenance and repair, and share why it matters in the...

Complex Rehab Technology (CRT), National Registry of Rehabilitation Technology Suppliers (NRRTS)


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Q&A: Barry Steelman amplifies NCART’s message

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Q&A: Barry Steelman amplifies NCART’s message

May 24, 2024Tracy Orzel

WASHINGTON – Barry Steelman is bringing a trove of insights from his 20 years of experience in the complex rehab industry to help NCART enhance its marketing efforts.  Here’s what Steelman, founder of Steelman Marketing and former team member at Permobil and Stealth, had to say about his vision for NCART's future growth and impact.  HME News: Why have you stuck with complex rehab over the years?  Barry Steelman: When I first came into the complex rehab industry...

Barry Steelman, Complex Rehab Technology (CRT), NCART


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Stakeholders secure repair reform in Tennessee

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Stakeholders secure repair reform in Tennessee

April 26, 2024Liz Beaulieu, Editor

NASHVILLE – A bill that has passed in the Tennessee General Assembly provides “model legislation” for securing coverage and payment for preventative maintenance for complex rehab wheelchairs and paves the way for a larger effort on repair reform, stakeholders say.  The bill requires the state Medicaid program, TennCare, to cover and pay for preventative maintenance once a year, in a move that would help to address the difficulties that some wheelchair users are experiencing...

Complex Rehab Technology (CRT)


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Mickae Lee

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Mickae Lee on improving access: ‘(It) is the work I want to be right in the middle of’ 

April 19, 2024Tracy Orzel

LEBANON, Tenn. - Mickae Lee may be new to Permobil, but there’s nothing green about this seasoned complex rehab technology advocate. Even during her earliest days at NCART, Lee says she always knew she’d fight for access to CRT on some level for the rest of her career.  HME News spoke to the new senior manager of government affairs at Permobil about her 15 years in the industry and why she’s sticking with it.   HME News: What’s something you’re especially...

Complex Rehab Technology (CRT), Mickae Lee, Permobil


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Hoveround eyes complex rehab 

Mobility

Hoveround eyes complex rehab 

April 3, 2024HME News Staff

BRADENTON, Fla. – Hoveround has launched Hoveround Mobility Solutions, allowing the well-known name in standard mobility devices to expand into complex rehab technology, and positioning it to become a major player in that largely consolidated market.  Leading the new venture is Adam Frerichs, CEO of Hoveround, who also leads MedSupply, a provider based in California that made a similar move in 2021, launching MedSupply Mobility Solutions.  “With Hoveround, the company...

Adam Frerichs, Complex Rehab Technology (CRT), Hoveround


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Weesie Walker

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Complex rehab program heats up

March 8, 2024Liz Beaulieu, Editor

ATLANTA – Work on the CRT Supplier Certificate Program has picked up pace now that it’s Weesie Walker’s only focus, she says.  Walker, an ATP/SMS, stepped away from her role as executive director of NRRTS last year partly to focus on the program, which she believes is key to giving providers practical and real-life education and training that’s specific to complex rehab.  “There’s a shortage of qualified people and so I wish we had started this...

Complex Rehab Technology (CRT), Weesie Walker


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Wisconsin CRT bill ready for governor’s signature

March 6, 2024HME News Staff

MADISON, Wis. – State Senate Bill 592, legislation related to reimbursement under the Medical Assistance program for complex rehabilitation technology wheelchair repairs and accessories, is awaiting the governor’s signature, according to a bulletin from MAMES. The legislation states for HCPCS codes relating to complex rehabilitation technology wheelchair repair and accessories, a reimbursement rate under the Medical Assistance program equivalent to the maximum fee paid in Wisconsin under...

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


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News

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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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...

Complex Rehab Technology (CRT), Rehabilitation Equipment Associates (REQ), Scott Soderquist


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