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Mobility

Congressmen urge Sec. Becerra to move on seat elevation

July 29, 2021HME News Staff

WASHINGTON – Reps. Jim Langevin, D-R.I., and Don Young, R-Alaska, have asked Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra to encourage CMS to move forward with a pending request to include power seat elevation and power standing systems in the national coverage determination for mobility assistive equipment.  “These systems improve the health and independent function of mobility-impaired individuals and allow them to more fully participate in mobility-related activities...

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Stakeholders ask CMS to make seat elevation a priority

October 9, 2020Liz Beaulieu, Editor

WASHINGTON - The ITEM Coalition's Peter Thomas is bullish on a recent formal request to reconsider the national coverage determination for mobility assistive equipment to include power seat elevation and power standing systems for Group 3 power wheelchairs. “We believe coverage of these features is inevitable - there's no question they will be covered in the future - and we believe CMS should be leading in this respect,” said Thomas, a principal at Powers Law Firm and coordinator...

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Stakeholders formally ask CMS to reconsider coverage for seat elevation

September 22, 2020HME News Staff

WASHINGTON - The ITEM Coalition has submitted a formal request for reconsideration of the national coverage determination for mobility assistive equipment to include coverage of power seat elevation and power standing systems for Group 3 complex rehab power wheelchairs, according to AAHomecare. The request spans more than 60 pages, references 129 clinical articles and includes a redline revision of the existing NCD for MAE, as well as a draft local coverage determination for both systems, the association...

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ITEM Coalition adds voice to vent concerns

June 20, 2019HME News Staff

WASHINGTON - The ITEM Coalition has sent a letter to CMS Administrator Seema Verma to express its concerns about including non-invasive vents in Round 2021 of the competitive bidding program. The coalition is comprised of consumer organizations like The ALS Association, which represents individuals with neuromuscular conditions who may need the life-saving devices. “CMS's decision sets an alarming precedent by forcing patients to rely upon the lowest DME bidder to receive life-saving ventilators...

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Coalition pushes leadership to pass accessories bill

November 30, 2018HME News Staff

WASHINGTON - The ITEM Coalition has sent a second letter to leaders of the Ways and Means and Energy and Commerce committees in the House of Representatives, urging them to pass H.R. 3730. The bill, sponsored by Reps. Lee Zeldin, R-N.Y., and John Larson, D-Conn., would stop CMS from using competitive bidding-related pricing for accessories for complex rehab manual wheelchairs. The letter follows up on an earlier letter sent in September. “We now urge you to pass this important legislation before...

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Stakeholders press for inclusion in spending package

March 15, 2018HME News Staff

WASHINGTON - Industry stakeholders are pushing to get HME-related provisions into an omnibus spending bill.On Tuesday, Jason Orr, president of the Kentucky Medical Equipment Suppliers Association, and Thad Connally, former KMESA president, met with every office of Kentucky's delegation, including Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell, to ask the Senator to support the H.R. 4229 provisions in the final package. They were joined by Tom Ryan and Jay Witter of AAHomecare.“We've got an uphill fight...

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NRRTS joins ITEM Coalition

October 19, 2017HME News Staff

LUBBOCK, Texas - NRRTS has become a member of the ITEM Coalition, says Executive Director Weesie Walker. ITEM Coalition members include a diverse set of national disability organizations, aging organizations, consumer groups, voluntary health associations, and nonprofit provider associations. Membership is open to all consumer and nonprofit provider organizations without any requirement to contribute financially. NRRTS also recently participated in the United Spinal Association's Roll on Capitol...

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In brief: Consumers support accessories bill, VirtuOx makes buy

September 29, 2017HME News Staff

WASHINGTON - The ITEM Coalition and 32 national consumer and clinical organizations have sent a letter to leaders in the House of Representatives, asking them to pass a bill that would halt competitive bidding-related prices for accessories for complex rehab manual wheelchairs.“We are writing to express our strong support for this new legislation and to emphasize the importance of protecting patient access not just to accessories used with complex rehab power wheelchairs, but also to those...

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Consumers throw support behind accessories bill

September 26, 2017HME News Staff

WASHINGTON - The ITEM Coalition and 32 national consumer and clinical organizations have sent a letter to leaders in the House of Representatives, asking them to pass a bill that would halt competitive bidding-related prices for accessories for complex rehab manual wheelchairs.“We are writing to express our strong support for this new legislation and to emphasize the importance of protecting patient access not just to accessories used with complex rehab power wheelchairs, but also to those...

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Consumer groups join the cause

June 1, 2017HME News Staff

WASHINGTON - More than two dozen national consumer advocacy groups have joined with the ITEM Coalition in urging lawmakers to sign on to a letter asking Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price and CMS Administrator Seema Verma to use their regulatory authority to make changes to protect the HME benefit. “Over the past several years, CMS has made significant policy and regulatory changes to the Medicare DME benefit,” the letter states. “Many of these changes have been intended...

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