WIth separate beneft for complex rehab in mind...

Thursday, March 25, 2010

TRINIDAD, Colo. - With a separate benefit for complex rehab in the works, NRRTS wants to tweak its certified rehabilitation technology supplier (CRTS) credential to make it a "ticket to work" for providers in that field.

Industry stakeholders have been discussing what qualifications providers should meet to provide complex rehab equipment as part of efforts to create a separate benefit (see below).

"We're going to try to make whatever changes we can to improve our ability to document the level of expertise of our folks in preparation for the future," said Simon Margolis, executive director of NRRTS.

Currently, to become a CRTS, providers must be NRRTS registrants, pass RESNA's ATP exam and obtain one continuing education unit per year.

Nothing has been set in stone, but two credentials have come up in discussions as possible qualifications for the separate benefit: NRRTS's CRTS and RESNA's seating and mobility specialist (SMS). Both Margolis and RESNA's Anjali Weber describe the CRTS and SMS as two ways to get to the same place.

"I think it's extremely important to have choices," Margolis said.