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Accessories relief stalls in Senate

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12/28/2018

WASHINGTON – The window for the Senate to pass accessories relief is “narrowing” rapidly.

House passes bill with accessories language

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12/11/2018

WASHINGTON – The House of Representatives this afternoon handily passed a bill with language that requires CMS to stop applying competitive bidding pricing to accessories for complex rehab manual wheelchairs for 18 months, starting Jan. 1, 2019.

Breaking news: House moves on accessories issue

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12/06/2018

WASHINGTON – Language that requires CMS to stop applying competitive bidding pricing to accessories for complex rehab manual wheelchairs for 18 months has been included in a larger bill introduced today in the House of Representatives, according to NCART.

Coalition pushes leadership to pass accessories bill

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11/30/2018

WASHINGTON – The ITEM Coalition has sent a second letter to leaders of the Ways and Means and Energy and Commerce committees in the House of Representatives, urging them to pass H.R. 3730. The bill, sponsored by Reps.

NCART: Share new data with lawmakers

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09/18/2018

WASHINGTON – Complex rehab stakeholders have another data point to support their efforts to stop CMS from applying competitive bidding pricing to components of complex rehab manual wheelchairs.

In brief: VGM rolls out bid-related tools, CRT providers report reduced access

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08/17/2018

WATERLOO, Iowa – The VGM Group has released an interactive tool that allows providers to assess what areas CMS has deemed bid, non-rural, rural and non-contiguous.

CRT providers report reduced access, NCART survey finds

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08/17/2018

WASHINGTON – An alarming 65% of complex rehab providers say CMS’s application of bid-related pricing to accessories for complex manual wheelchairs has reduced their ability to provide these products to Medicare beneficiaries, according to a new survey from NCART.

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.

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