Awareness week spotlights complex rehab, accessories

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Wednesday, August 19, 2020

WASHINGTON – More than 65 organizations and thousands of individuals participated in National CRT Awareness Week Aug. 10-14.

Their top goal for the week: To get their members of the House of Representatives to sign a letter asking CMS to permanently exempt accessories for complex rehab manual wheelchairs from competitive bidding pricing.

“Getting as many House members to as we can to sign on to this congressional letter is especially important,” said Don Clayback, executive director of NCART. “The more signatures, the stronger the message to CMS that they need to take action, just like they did for CRT power wheelchairs in 2017.”

Reps. John Larson, D-Conn., and Lee Zeldin, R-N.Y., who are spearheading the letter, are collecting signatures through Aug. 31.

Participants during the week represented all sectors of the complex rehab community, including providers, manufacturers, consumers and consumer organizations, clinicians and clinical organizations, and families and caregivers.

“Each year, CRT Awareness Week gives our industry a chance to spotlight numerous professions in the CRT industry,” said Doug Westerdahl, president of NCART. “This week provided a great opportunity for spreading that message nationally and continuing to build on everyone’s past advocacy work.”