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Medicaid: NCART gets in the weeds

Association recently added California to list of states in which it engages lobbyists
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10/25/2019

BUFFALO, N.Y. – Medicaid issues have always been a priority for NCART, but they’re more urgent than ever, says Don Clayback.

Accessories issue passes another hurdle

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06/28/2019

WASHINGTON – A bill in the House of Representatives that would temporarily stop Medicare from applying competitive bidding pricing to accessories for complex rehab manual wheelchairs is headed to the floor for a full vote.

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.

Accessories relief fails to clear Senate

Stakeholders will build on progress they made in 2018, work with champions to develop plans for 2019
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01/04/2019

WASHINGTON – Industry stakeholders have moved on to Plan B to stop competitive bidding pricing for complex rehab manual wheelchairs.

CBO remains hurdle for complex rehab bills

Stakeholders push on with 220-plus visits on Capitol Hill last week
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04/27/2018

WASHINGTON ­– Complex rehab stakeholders have a tough, but not impossible, battle ahead of them to get their legislation passed in Congress this year, lobbyist Amy Cunniffe told the attendees of the National CRT Leadership & Advocacy Conference on April 25.

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.

Prior authorizations for mobility devices spreads to South Dakota

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01/12/2018

PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota has joined the prior authorization bandwagon, but there’s a wrinkle.

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.

Seat elevation: Users rally around improved technology

Stakeholders say they’re committed to working with Medicare to get it covered
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06/02/2017

WASHINGTON – There was important work to do to protect accessories during the recent National CRT Conference, but the talk of the town may have been seat elevation technology.

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