Wheelchairs/Mobility

Support Forthcoming Legislation Rolling Back Cuts for Manual CRT Accessories

On January 1, 2016, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) began applying Competitive Bid Program (CBP) pricing to accessories used with Complex Rehab manual wheelchairs. This is contrary to Congress’ intent and Medicare policies where CMS used its authority to exclude Complex Rehab manual wheelchairs from Competitive Bidding in 2010. Most important, the reduced payment rates create significant access problems for Medicare beneficiaries and other people with disabilities.

While CMS kept bidding-derived rates for group 3 power CRT accessories from going into effect in late June (see related press release), legislative action is needed is needed to ensure that people with high levels of disabilities who depend on specialist CRT wheelchairs and accessories keep their access to this essential equipment.

Congressman Lee Zeldin (R-N.Y.) is spearheading this effort, and hopes to introduce legislation after the August recess with strong original co-sponsor support.  Please urge your legislators to sign on as original co-sponsors.  See links to draft legislation and more details in our Issue Brief below.

Issue Brief: Protect Manual CRT Wheelchair Accessories from Bidding-derived Pricing Draft Manual CRT Accessories Legislation

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AAHomecare members are experts in providing standard and power wheelchairs, mobility equipment, and complex power mobility devices designed to meet patient-specific needs. Our members focus on providing high-quality, personalized service and ensuring access to necessary accessories and equipment.

AAHomecare members can find more information and get involved in shaping policy for this issue through the Complex Rehab & Mobility Council. For in-depth commentary on pending legislation and regulations, go to Analysis and Comments, Testimony & Official Statements.

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