Late last year, Congress passed the 21st Century Cures Act which included language to delay implementation of Medicare fee schedule adjustments for Complex Rehab Technology (CRT) products and supporting services, such as wheelchair accessories and seating systems.
CRT products include individually configured manual and power wheelchairs, seating and positioning systems, and other adaptive devices designed to meet the person’s unique medical and functional needs. Access to this specialized equipment is critical to enabling them to address their medical needs, minimize their healthcare costs, and maximize their independence.
The victory, however, is a short-lived one. The legislation provides just a six-month delay in the Medicare fee schedule adjustment, making it imperative that we keep pressure on Congress to more fully examine this issue and put a permanent solution put in place. Luckily, legislation is expected to be introduced soon that will provide a permanent fix to this issue.
In the meantime, please take just a moment to thank your legislators for passing the 21st Century Cures Act, and let them know that we’ll be working with them in early 2017 to enact policies to assure continued access to this specialized equipment for the people with disabilities who depend on it. Add your information at the right to send your message; the process will take just two minutes, but can make a big difference.
Thank you for your continued advocacy efforts!