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Deeper dive: New bill builds framework for separate benefit

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06/07/2019

BUFFALO, N.Y. – A new bill to create a separate benefit for complex rehab that’s “less prescriptive” than previous bills will improve the chances of Congress passing it and CMS embracing it, stakeholders say.

In brief: KCI sells to 3M, senators introduce accessories bill

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05/03/2019

SAN ANTONIO and NEW YORK – A consortium of funds led by Apax Partners has entered into a definitive agreement to sell Acelity and its KCI subsidiaries worldwide to 3M for about $6.725 billion.

Headed for a vote: Medicaid bill that includes accessories language

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12/07/2018

WASHINGTON – December may, once again, turn out to be a lucky month for complex rehab stakeholders.

Manual accessories: NCART puts new emphasis on access

‘Providers have tried to hold off making changes that will affect access as much as they can, but if relief doesn’t come soon, there are going to be more and more access issues’
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03/23/2018

WASHINGTON – Complex rehab stakeholders are taking a slightly different tack now that the manual accessories issue wasn’t included in the recent omnibus bill.

All eyes on House bill for manual accessories

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11/22/2017

WASHINGTON – With the clock ticking on 2017, stakeholders have zeroed in on increasing the number of co-sponsors for a bill in the House of Representatives that would protect accessories for complex rehab manual wheelchairs.

Complex rehab stakeholders ‘pick up pace’ for manuals

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07/28/2017

WASHINGTON – Complex rehab stakeholders scored a big win when CMS used its authority to stop reimbursement cuts for accessories for complex power wheelchairs, but their job is only half done.

In brief: Medtrade shifts to shorter show, congresswoman circulates support letter

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05/19/2017

ATLANTA – Medtrade officials have shortened this year’s show and added a cash incentive to attendees who stick around for the duration.

Congresswoman releases support letter

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05/18/2017

WASHINGTON – Rep. Cathy McMorris-Rodgers. R-Wash., is circulating a sign-on letter asking HHS Secretary Tom Price to make significant changes to HME policy.

Accessories remain gray area for prior authorization process

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03/17/2017

WASHINGTON – CMS officials spent much of a Special Open Door Forum on March 16 discussing whether or not accessories will be covered under a new prior authorization process for two complex power wheelchair codes.

Stakeholders chase legislative fix for accessories

‘This is definitely on their radar screens,’ says NCART’s Don Clayback of Congress
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03/10/2017

WASHINGTON – Now that bills have been introduced in both the House of Representatives and Senate to permanently protect reimbursement for accessories for complex manual and power wheelchairs, stakeholders are in a race against time to get Congress to act on the issue.

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