Congress Must Pass Two Important Bills:
People with significant disabilities depend on specialized wheelchairs, seating systems, and other adaptive equipment to maximize their independence and address their medical needs. These items are collectively referred to as Complex Rehab Technology (CRT). In recent years, access to these individually-configured products and their supporting services has been threatened by various reimbursement cuts and policy changes. Advocates continue to diligently work alongside Congress to introduce legislation that would provide permanent protection for CRT moving forward. Details on these Bills and how you can help are provided below.
Protect CRT Wheelchair Accessories
In 2016, legislation was introduced into the House and the Senate to permanently prevent the inappropriate application of competitive bid pricing to accessories used with Complex Rehab Wheelchairs. These bills provided a technical correction to clarify that CMS cannot apply Medicare competitive bid pricing to these accessories. This legislation will be reintroduced in this Congressional session and we will have more details for you in coming weeks. Sign up for updates to make sure you have the latest news!
- GAO Report on CRT Accessories
- 2016 Co-Sponsors by State
- Position Paper- Technical Correction Needed
- National Consumer/Clinician Group Letters
- CRT Accessory Comparison
- NCART Call to Action
- 171 CRT Accessory Codes
A Separate Benefit is Needed
In light of all the changes that the Complex Rehab Technology industry has faced in recent years, legislation has been reintroduced in the House of Representatives (H.R. 750) to provide permanent, appropriate recognition and coverage of Complex Rehab Technology (CRT). The legislation creates a Separate Category within the existing Medicare program to allow CRT to be distinguished from standard DME items such as basic wheelchairs and hospital beds. A Senate Companion Bill will be reintroduced in coming weeks and additonal details will be posted to this site.
The CRT Separate Benefit Category initiative is being led by the following Steering Committee Organizations:
- National Coalition for Assistive & Rehab Technology (NCART)
- American Association for Homecare (AAH)
- National Registry of Rehabilitation Technology Suppliers (NRRTS)
- Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America (RESNA)
- Clinician Task Force (CTF)
- United Spinal Association (USA)
- Independence Through Enhancement of Medicare and Medicaid Coalition (ITEM)