Two very important Complex Rehab Technology provisions have been added to a larger “Medicaid” House bill, H.R. 7217 which is expected to be voted on this week. Passage of this bill won’t happen without your voice. Go to www.protectmymobility.org for links to contact your Members of Congress and ask them to pass H.R. 7217. Please encourage others to send emails and make phone calls, too.
The two CRT provisions in the bill:
1. Provide a permanent exemption from the Medicare Competitive Bidding Program for CRT manual wheelchair bases (just like CRT power wheelchairs).
2. Provide an 18-month “suspension” in Medicare’s inappropriate application of Competitive Bidding Program payment rates to CRT manual wheelchair accessories. These accessories will go back to being paid at the traditional Medicare rates (just like CRT power wheelchair accessories). The 18-month suspension goes from 1/1/19 to 6/30/20 and will allow time for the needed discussion to make a permanent policy change.