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CRT bill introduced in Michigan

October 2, 2019HME News Staff

LANSING, Mich. - Rep. Beau LaFave has introduced a bill in Michigan's House of Representatives that would establish focused policies and rules for complex rehab technology products and services, NCART reports. House Bill No. 4948, the “Complex Needs Patient Act,” would designate CRT as DME that is individually configured for an individual to meet his or her specific and unique medical, physical and functional needs. The bill would also set guidelines for qualified CRT suppliers, including...

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Deeper dive: New bill builds framework for separate benefit

June 7, 2019Liz Beaulieu, Editor

BUFFALO, N.Y. - A new bill to create a separate benefit for complex rehab that's “less prescriptive” than previous bills will improve the chances of Congress passing it and CMS embracing it, stakeholders say.“The general idea was to give CMS, in essence, direction, but to leave them some flexibility,” said Don Clayback, executive director of NRRTS. “Congress (works on the assumption) that CMS can take care of issues like these, with some direction.”Reps. Jim Sensenbrenner,...

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Separate benefit bill 2.0 makes debut

May 3, 2019Liz Beaulieu, Editor

WASHINGTON - An updated bill to create a separate benefit within Medicare for complex rehab technology—a long-time goal of stakeholders—has been introduced in the House of Representatives.Reps. Jim Sensenbrenner, R-Wis., along with Brian Higgins, D-N.Y., introduced H.R. 2408, a bill that would allow for targeted coverage and payment policies for CRT, on April 30, the day before the National CRT Leadership and Advocacy Conference in Washington, D.C.“People ask, 'What do we need to...

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Tenn. CRT bill heads to governor's desk

March 19, 2019HME News Staff

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The Tennessee State Legislature has enacted legislation to create a “separate benefit” category for complex rehab technology.HB 647, which is headed to Gov. Bill Lee to sign, will ensure that CRT products receive separate consideration when state Medicaid authorities propose adjustments to reimbursement rates or other regulatory changes.“CRT products are designed to meet the unique needs of individuals with disabilities and profound healthcare challenges, supporting...

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Legislature in Tennessee recognizes complex rehab

March 12, 2019HME News Staff

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The Tennessee General Assembly has passed a bill that recognizes complex rehab as a separate benefit category. The state's House of Representatives passed H.B. 0647 94-0 on March 7, then the Senate substituted that bill with S.B. 0632 and passed it 30-0 on March 11. The bill requires the commissioner, under the Long-Term Care Community Choices Act, to recognize complex rehabilitation technology as a separate benefit category for the purposes of any proposed budget or other public...

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AAH ramps up support for complex rehab issues

February 7, 2019HME News Staff

WASHINGTON - AAHomecare has contracted with Bridge Public Affairs to advocate for a separate benefit for complex rehab at the state level. Leading Bridge's efforts will be John Goetz, the former director of government affairs for Permobil. The association says Goetz has extensive knowledge of mobility issues, established contacts with state legislators and regulators, and past experience working with Tennessee's Medicaid agency. AAHomecare will also join NCART and other stakeholders in advocating...

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Separate benefit for complex rehab back in play

August 18, 2017Liz Beaulieu, Editor

WASHINGTON - Legislation to create a separate benefit for complex rehab is on the radar of the Congressional Budget Office, says NCART Executive Director Don Clayback.The offices of Reps. Joe Crowley, D-N.Y., and Jim Sensenbrenner, R-Wis., who introduced H.R. 750, the “Ensuring Access to Quality Complex Rehabilitation Technology Act of 2017,” on Jan. 30, have been pushing for a “score” from the CBO.“The bill is there, it's on their desk and it's in their to-be-done pile,”...

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Reps. Crowley, Sensenbrenner introduce separate benefit bill for complex rehab

February 3, 2017HME News Staff

WASHINGTON - Reps. Joe Crowley, D-N.Y., and Jim Sensenbrenner, R-Wis., have introduced a bill that would create a separate benefit for complex rehab technology.“This legislation would guarantee that patients have access to the high-quality products and services they need to lead a more independent life,” said Crowley, chairman of the Democratic Caucus. “For those with disabilities and other medical conditions, these complex rehabilitation technology products are necessities.”Currently,...

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Reps. Crowley, Sensenbrenner introduce separate benefit bill for complex rehab

January 31, 2017HME News Staff

WASHINGTON - Reps. Joe Crowley, D-N.Y., and Jim Sensenbrenner, R-Wis., have introduced a bill that would create a separate benefit for complex rehab technology. “This legislation would guarantee that patients have access to the high-quality products and services they need to lead a more independent life,” said Crowley, chairman of the Democratic Caucus. “For those with disabilities and other medical conditions, these complex rehabilitation technology products are necessities.”...

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NCART shows and tells for lawmakers

April 1, 2016HME News Staff

WASHINGTON - NCART is holding a “CRT briefing and Product Expo” on Capitol Hill April 21 to educate lawmakers about complex rehab and get their support for current legislation. The group is hosting the event along with the United Spinal Association and the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, in coordination with the offices of Reps. Jim Sensenbrenner, R-Wis., and Joe Crowley, D-N.Y. NCART is asking providers to encourage lawmakers to attend the event, which will comprise 20-minute briefings...

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