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CMS comes through on wheelchair accessories

‘We have a little extra bounce in our steps’
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06/23/2017

WASHINGTON – With only days to spare, stakeholders have succeeded in getting CMS to refrain from cutting reimbursement for accessories for complex rehab power wheelchairs.

A nail, a horse, and a lost war

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Thursday, June 1, 2017

It’s always a pleasure to speak with Weesie Walker, the executive director of NRRTS and before that a long-time clinician with National Seating and Mobility. Here’s the thing about Walker: She may be one of the most unassuming people you know, but she’s also one of the smartest.

Prior authorization: CMS clarifies stance on accessories

Agency also agrees to change delivery timeframe
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03/22/2017

WASHINGTON – During a second Special Open Door on March 21, CMS officials gave examples of what accessories are covered under a new prior authorization process for K0856 and K0861 power wheelchairs.

Bills introduced to protect accessories

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03/03/2017

WASHINGTON – Industry champions in the Senate and House of Representatives have introduced bills to permanently stave off Medicare’s plans to apply competitive bidding-influenced prices to accessories for complex wheelchairs.

CPAP accessories: CMS shifts gears on documentation rules

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08/12/2016

WASHINGTON – CMS will now assume that medical necessity has been established for replacement of essential accessories for beneficiary-owned CPAP device and RAD.

CMS shifts gears on documentation requirements for CPAP accessories

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08/09/2016

WASHINGTON – CMS will now assume that medical necessity has been established for replacement of essential accessories for beneficiary-owned CPAP device and RAD.

It’s go-time on wheelchair accessories

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07/01/2016

WASHINGTON – It’s a tough year to push legislation through Congress, but things are lining up nicely for stakeholders trying to permanently stave off reimbursement cuts to accessories for complex manual and power wheelchairs.

A sad day for CMS

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Friday, January 29, 2016

It was my turn this Tuesday to write up some briefs for the Also Noted section of our website. (In case you don’t know already, we update this section with news almost every day—check it out while you eat your lunch!)

Adjusted pricing comes backs to haunt accessories

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01/26/2016

WASHINGTON – CMS will use an adjusted fee schedule based on competitive bidding rates to pay for accessories for complex rehab wheelchairs despite a law passed in 2015 delaying the change for one year. “Although this change is effective Jan.

Stakeholders launch petition in fight over pricing for accessories

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09/25/2015

WASHINGTON – Stakeholders are now petitioning the Obama Administration to step in and reverse CMS’s plans to apply competitive bidding pricing to accessories for complex rehab wheelchairs on Jan. 1.

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