Big Win for Medicare Complex Rehabilitation Technology (CRT) Users
August 10, 2021
The U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently announced that they are changing their policy to permanently
exclude Complex Rehab Technology (CRT) manual
wheelchair accessories from the competitive bidding system thought to cause barriers in access for some Medicare beneficiaries. This change has been an advocacy priority of the National MS Society and our many partners in the disability community for several years. CMS had previously exempted all CRT power
wheelchair accessories from the same cuts, and Congress and the agency had instituted several temporary suspensions of the cuts for manual accessories. The new permanent policy was issued as part of the Fiscal Year 2022 Inpatient Rehabilitation Facility Prospective Payment System final rule, which also included several DMEPOS policies.
The new rule is a huge victory for all CRT users – including people living with MS who may rely on assistive technology and/or medical equipment including wheelchairs to remain healthy, independent and active. Many times, CRT products have “accessories”—such as tilt-and-recline systems and customized seat cushions—that make the chair usable and beneficial.
For additional details, CMS’ fact sheet on the rule can be found here