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'They had to look us straight in the eye"


Activists say United Spinal’s third-annual Roll on Capitol Hill was empowering.

Kansas City resident Shantelle Rockman has done some local lobbying, but the June event was her first time lobbying at the national level.

New CEO preaches technology, inclusion


Joe Gaskins coordinated a project to move Keiko, the orca of Free Willy fame, to freedom in Iceland. Now, Gaskins, the new president and CEO of the United Spinal Association, is ready for a different challenge.

Provider keeps moving forward


LAS VEGAS – A patient was once so terrified of his new wheelchair he couldn’t use it; five years later, he wheels around in it like a pro.

CMS answers questions about PMD demo


WASHINGTON – CMS officials assured providers during a Special Open Door Forum last week that there won’t be any surprises when the PMD demo rolls into 12 new states Oct. 1.

Mobility providers balk at single code system


YARMOUTH, Maine – Mobility providers aren’t lining up to support a CMS proposal to describe, and pay for, standard manual and standard power wheelchairs each under a single code.  

Cuts force nat’l provider to stop accepting Medi-Cal


SACRAMENTO, Calif. – California’s 10% cut to Medicaid reimbursement is taking its toll: It has driven at least one complex rehab provider from the market and left California Children’s Services (CCS), the state program for children with certain health problems, scrambling.

CMS announces Oct. 1 start date for PMD demo expansion


WASHINGTON – CMS will expand its PMD demonstration to 12 additional states on Oct. 1, the agency announced in a final rule published this week.

Tread carefully with reuse programs, position paper says


YARMOUTH, Maine – DME reuse programs can be attractive in the face of state budget shortfalls, but an upcoming position paper from NCART says there are complications to consider before implementing such programs.

CMS proposal oversimplifies wheelchair provision


WASHINGTON – The devil’s in the details, and the lack of details in CMS’s proposal to implement bundled monthly payments for standard manual and power wheelchairs has stakeholders on edge.

Roll on Capitol Hill builds on momentum


WASHINGTON – Activists who rolled into Washington, D.C., June 22-24 found that advocacy efforts are paying off, as more congressional offices are well versed in the issues facing people with disabilities, including the need for a separate benefit for complex rehab.