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California moves to protect complex rehab

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California moves to protect complex rehab

July 19, 2021HME News Staff

EAST AMHERST, N.Y. – The California State Legislature on July 15 passed Assembly Bill 133, which includes language to improve and protect access to complex rehab technology for people with disabilities, according to NCART.  The bill will permanently exempt CRT from a long-standing Medi-Cal provider cut of 10% and will strengthen policies regarding the evaluation and delivery of complex rehab.  “We are extremely thankful to the California Legislature for passing this important...

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NCART, NRRTS announce virtual fly-in

July 12, 2021HME News Staff

WASHINGTON – NCART and NRRTS will host a Virtual CRT Congressional Fly-in on Sept. 21 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. as part of National CRT Awareness Week. “Every year we hold a CRT-focused Washington, D.C., event that keeps CRT advocates connected with Capitol Hill to talk about issues impacting access for people with disabilities,” NCART stated in an announcement. “We’re excited to offer the opportunity to deliver these important messages without asking attendees to leave...

Complex Rehab, lobbying, National CRT Awareness Week, NCART, NRRTS


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Accessories: ‘Our road has not ended’

July 2, 2021HME News Staff

WASHINGTON – It’s not a permanent fix, but stakeholders say it’s a great sign that, about a month after taking the reins, CMS Administrator Chiquita Brooks-LaSure agreed to extend a suspension of scheduled Medicare cuts to accessories for complex rehab manual wheelchairs.  CMS announced on June 23 that it would extend an 18-month pause on applying competitive bidding pricing to these accessories for an additional 90 days, until Oct. 1.  “We have seen some...

CRT Accessories, Don Clayback, NCART, pride mobility, Seth Johnson


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Q&A: Chris Yule

June 30, 2021Liz Beaulieu, Editor

AUSTIN, Texas – 2020 was a big year for Chris Yule: He led the sale of Travis Medical to National Seating & Mobility, and he became the new president of NCART.   Here’s what Yule had to say about taking his passion for complex rehab to a more national stage and how leveraging technology will lead to better services and outcomes.  HME News: What about your industry experience makes you well suited to be president of NCART?  Chris Yule: In 2003, I was involved in...

Chris Yule, Complex Rehab, NCART


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In brief: Accessories reprieve, oxygen challenge, advocate of the year

June 25, 2021HME News Staff

WASHINGTON – CMS has announced a 90-day suspension of scheduled Medicare cuts to accessories for complex rehab manual wheelchairs, NCART reports.  That extends an 18-month suspension that would have expired on July 1 to Oct. 1.  “They will use this time for further analysis and, hopefully, a permanent suspension,” Don Clayback, executive director of NCART, tweeted today. “Thank you advocates, Congress and CMS.”  On Monday, a letter led...

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Accessories: Stakeholders secure reprieve

June 23, 2021HME News Staff

WASHINGTON – CMS has announced a 90-day suspension of scheduled Medicare cuts to accessories for complex rehab manual wheelchairs, NCART reports.  That extends an 18-month suspension that would have expired on July 1 to Oct. 1.  “They will use this time for further analysis and, hopefully, a permanent suspension,” Don Clayback, executive director of NCART, tweeted today. “Thank you advocates, Congress and CMS.”  On Monday, a letter led...

Bid Pricing, complex rehab manual wheelchairs, Medicare cuts, NCART


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Members of Congress press CMS on accessories

June 22, 2021HME News Staff

WASHINGTON – A letter signed by 19 members of Congress was sent to CMS Administrator Chiquita Brooks-LaSure late on Monday asking her to stop the Medicare payment cuts to accessories for complex rehab manual wheelchairs that are set to go into effect July 1.  The letter, circulated by Rep. John Larson, D-Conn., was signed by 18 members of the House of Representatives and Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pa.  “CMS has been reviewing the issues and our communication with them has been...

Accessories, Bid Pricing, Complex Rehab, Manual Wheelchairs, NCART


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In brief: Medline investment, SoClean award, MAC reviews

June 11, 2021HME News Staff

NORTHFIELD, Ill. – Medline Industries has entered into an agreement to receive a majority investment from a group of private equity firms, including Blackstone, Carlyle Group and Hellman & Friedman, worth a reported $30-plus billion.  Medline, which generated revenues of $17.5 billion in 2020, will use the new resources from the partnership to expand its product offerings, accelerate international expansion and continue to make new infrastructure investments to strengthen its global...

Apria, Inogen, NCART, Option Care Health, Permobil Foundation, Rehab Medical, SoClean, VGM Heartland


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NCART: ‘The time has come’

June 7, 2021HME News Staff

WASHINGTON – NCART has updated www.protectmymobility.org to allow advocates to send a pre-written email to their members of Congress asking them to permanently exempt accessories for complex rehab manual wheelchairs from competitive bidding pricing. “As we have been sharing, June 30 marks the end of the 18-month suspension preventing Medicare from inappropriately applying competitive bid program rates to CRT manual wheelchair accessories,” NCART stated in a bulletin. “The...

Accessories, Complex Rehab, Manual Wheelchairs, NCART


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In brief: Labor shortage, telehealth survey, Belluscura’s listing

June 3, 2021HME News Staff

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – Eighty percent of independent pharmacists are having trouble hiring for open positions, according to a new survey from the National Community Pharmacists Association.  What’s more, nearly 90% of survey respondents say they can’t find pharmacy technicians, a critical position.  “This is a major challenge for community pharmacies that are seeing many more patients because of the pandemic,” said NCPA CEO B. Douglas Hoey, pharmacist. “Finding...

Bellascura, National Community Pharmacist Association, NCART, Rehab Medical, Telehealth


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