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Complex Rehab Technology

We work to protect access to individually configured wheelchairs, seating and positioning systems and related accessories so that people with significant disabilities can have their medical needs addressed and remain independent.

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What We Are Trying to Accomplish

To pass H.R. 3229/S. 2196 and the Ensuring Access to Quality Complex Rehabilitation Technology Act (H.R. 1516/S. 1013) so that people with significant disabilities have access to complex rehabilitation technology and related accessories.

 

Why It’s Important

Complex rehabilitation technology (CRT) are medically necessary products--such as individually configured manual and power wheelchairs and seating and positioning systems--that enable people with significant disabilities including progressed MS to have their medical needs addressed and remain independent. A policy has been proposed that would restrict access to complex rehabilitation technology "accessories" which are essential components that make the chair usable and beneficial to people with significant disabilities--such as customized seat cushions, tilt-in-space features and head and trunk support systems. H.R. 3229/S. 2196 would protect access to these essential components by clarifying that CRT manual and power wheelchair accessories are to be paid at traditional, non-competitive bidding rates.

By distinguishing CRT from durable medical equipment, the Ensuring Access to Quality Complex Rehabilitation Technology Act streamlines access to and increases quality standards for CRT. It also exempts CRT from Medicare's "in-the-home" policy, allowing Medicare beneficiaries to utilize CRT to be active members of their community.
 

Happening at the National Level

Congress approved a one-year delay of the dangerous policy that would have restricted access to power complex rehabilitation technology accessories, also calling for a study to better understand utilization and reimbursement of these products. The one-year delay ends December 31, 2016 so we are urging passage of H.R. 3229/S. 2196 as a permanent solution to protect access to both power and manual wheelchair accessories. Rep. Zeldin introduced H.R. 3229 which as of August 2016, has 136 cosponsors. Sens. Casey and Portman introduced S. 2196 and it currently has 24 cosponsors.

The Ensuring Access to Quality Complex Rehabilitation Technology Act--which would distinguish CRT from durable medical equipment--was reintroduced in March 2015 by Reps. Sensenbrenner (WI-5) and Crowley (NY-14). It currently has 169 cosponsors. Sens. Cochran (MS) and Schumer (NY) reintroduced the Senate bill (S. 1013) which currently has 18 bipartisan cosponsors.
 

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