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Consumers give their stamp of approval


WASHINGTON - Efforts to create a separate benefit for complex rehab technology began to gel this summer with a big endorsement from the ITEM Coalition.

Rehab industry on cusp of 'paradigm shift'

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

With 54 consumers scheduled to accompany complex rehab providers on Capitol Hill Thursday as part of the Continuing Education and Legislative Advocacy Conference (CELA), the industry has finally turned a corner, stakeholders say.

Ensure survival through change


It's old news now that complex rehab companies are under the gun. For example, while they received an exemption from national competitive bidding, they also got hit with a 9.5% Medicare reduction effective Jan. 1, 2009. Unfortunately, there is neither a silver bullet nor a great business secret that can be used to solve the challenges stemming from reimbursement reductions. Companies have been forced to look at a variety of changes to ensure survival.

What'd I tell you about Medicaid?

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

I posted a blog last week about how just as many of you rehab providers complain about Medicaid reimbursement as you do Medicare reimbursement (with reason, of course).

Time has come for 'major initiative'

Friday, February 26, 2010

NCART sent out a reminder this week that it will hold two Webinars Thursday, March 4, to review a 25-page "discussion paper" that details a new benefit for complex rehab. There is no charge for the Webinars but advanced registration is required.

Seperate benefit for complex rehab: Stakeholders schedule busy winter/spring

Thursday, January 7, 2010

The steering committee working on a separate benefit for complex power wheelchairs expects to hold a Webinar for providers and manufacturers on Jan. 22 to discuss a new white paper detailing proposed changes. It also expects to hold Webinars for consumers and clinicians on Jan.

NCART redesigns Web site

Friday, November 13, 2009

NCART went live this week with a redesigned Web site that’s chock full of resources. The site has been designed to provide information in an easy-to-access format, with sections on advocacy, position papers, Medicaid, educational material, policymakers and members.

Today's a big day

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Today, you'll remember, is the consensus conference to discuss a separate benefit for complex rehab. I'll be making calls for a story on the conference this afternoon and tomorrow morning, so check our HME NewsWire on Monday for an update.