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A Recap of 2017 Legislative Efforts and Continuing the Fight

There have been several key developments in the past several weeks, which our grassroots coalition must continue to push forward to gain their legislators support. Congressional Letter to HHS Secretary Price The letter being led by Reps. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.), Dave Loebsack (D-Iowa), Lee Zeldin (R-N.Y.), and Diana Degette (D-Colo.) is calling for reforms

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U.S. Rehab Team Wraps Up Their Week at the NCART/NRRTS Conference

Yesterday (Thursday), Greg Packer, Kayla Mahler, Ron Turzy, Dan Fedor, and Tom Powers attended over 15 congressional meetings on Capitol Hill during the 2017 National CRT Leadership and Advocacy Conference. The group educated legislators on the issues with complex rehab technology and asked them to support H.R. 1361 and S.486, Protecting Beneficiary Access to Complex

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Cures Act Extends Group 3 Wheelchair Accessory Fees to June 2017

CMS recently announced that the KU modifier will continue to be used on the claim line to ensure accurate reimbursement for accessories used on Group 3 power wheelchairs (HCPCS codes K0848-K0864) through June 30, 2017. The continued use of the KU modifier is great news as it will require providers to use less resources to receive accurate reimbursement for CRT accessories. The use

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CRT accessories gathering support as new GAO report is released

Back in June the Government Accountability Office (GAO), which is a non-partisan agency that investigates how the government is spending tax money, released a report that validated much of the information the CRT industry was conveying on the need for legislation to keep CRT accessories removed from competitive bidding. Just this week GAO released a

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Wheelchair Accessories used on Group 3 Power Wheelchairs will pay INCORRECTLY from Jan 1 – June 30, 2016

We are very sorry to report that CMS has officially announced that the implementation of Section 2 of the PAMPA, which exempted accessories used on group 3 power wheelchairs from the adjusted fee schedule amount based competitive bid pricing, will not be implemented until July 1, 2016. This means that accessories used on group 3

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Good news! Congress delays complex rehab wheelchair accessory cuts

Today was the last day of the 2015 Congressional session and our last chance to get a one-year delay of implementing competitive bid rates to complex rehab accessories. We are happy to announce that Congress passed S. 2425, the “Patient Access and Medicare Protection Act” today, and the cuts have been delayed! Thanks to everyone

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DME Suppliers host key meetings with Energy and Commerce committee members Cathy McMorris-Rodgers (WA) and Larry Bucshon (IN)

Peaks & Plains Medical hosted a wonderful event with Congresswoman Cathy McMorris-Rodgers at their Spokane, Washington office. Yesterday, over a dozen providers across the state were able to attend which was a strong showing of support to direct towards the Congresswoman. With this support Rep. McMorris-Rodgers took great interest in signing on to the H.R.

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Help stop competitive bidding prices for Complex Rehab/Wheelchair Accessories.

The Senate bill to stop competitive bid prices for Complex Rehab Technology (CRT) wheelchair accessories was introduced late last week. The bill number is S.2196, is the same language as is currently on the House bill HR 3229. The bipartisan bill was introduced by Sen. Casey (D-PA) and Sen. Portman (R-OH), Sen. Schumer (D-NY) and

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