Petition under way

Saturday, August 31, 2002

PLYMOUTH, Minn. - A petition asking Congress to limit Medicare reimbursement for rehab equipment to providers who employ rehab professionals landed in more than 1,500 mailboxes recently. Sponsors of the Re/hab Technology Initiative, Quantum Rehab, Freedom Designs and National Seating & Mobility (NSM), expect recipients of the petitions to collect 100,000 signatures. This fall, the signed petitions will be presented to Congress.
Georgia Medicaid looks to raise bar even further

ATLANTA - Georgia Medicaid is looking to raise the bar even further for providers fitting beneficiaries with custom wheelchairs and seating systems. In February, Georgia began requiring those providers have NRRTS memberships. Now, an advisory committee is looking to require those providers become certified and accredited, too, according to Pat Ross, program specialist for the Georgia Department of Community Health, Division of Medical Assistance. The committee probably won't make any recommendations until next year, Ross said.
RATC set to submit second batch of codes

WASHINGTON - AAHomecare's Re/hab and Assistive Technology Council (RATC) is nearly ready to submit another batch of rehab codes. Executive Director Mary-Lacey Reuther reported in mid-July that the council planned to submit codes for seating to the SADMERC in the next few weeks. Reuther said the other batch of codes the council is currently working on, for power mobility, has proven more difficult. RATC's coding committee was slated to meet next at NRRTS's annual Leadership Conference this month.