Category: Government Relations

Building beneficial relationships and constant advocacy with elected officials is crucial in keeping the best interests of our members in spotlight. That’s why John Gallagher, vice president-government relations, attends state meetings, political fundraisers and makes frequent trips to Washington D.C.

U.S. Rehab works to make a difference for our members and our industry, and we will continue our advocacy ensuring the success of independent providers everywhere.

Legislation to Stop Cuts to CRT Manual Wheelchair Accessories

CRT Stakeholders and Friends, Representatives Lee Zeldin (R-NY) and John Larson (D-CT) will be introducing legislation in September to stop CMS’s application of Medicare Competitive Bid pricing to accessories used with CRT manual wheelchairs. This will replace the previously introduced broader bill, H.R. 1361, written to prohibit CMS from using Competitive Bid pricing for accessories …

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I’m Just a CRT Accessory Bill… Please Help Me Become a Law!

I’m just a Bill, yes I’m only a Bill, and I’m sitting here on Capitol Hill. We all remember hearing these words on Saturday morning from the popular Schoolhouse Rock “I’m Just a Bill”. Well “Bill” says he hopes and prays that someday he’ll become a law but hoping and praying won’t make the CRT Accessory Bill a law, …

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Unintended Consequences: Medicare Beneficiaries in Rural Areas are Being Systematically Denied Access to Care

Peter Thomas from the Independence Through Enhancement of Medicare and Medicaid (ITEM) Coalition recently wrote an op/ed for The Hill on the effects of competitive bidding in rural areas and the application of competitive bid rates to CRT accessories. The impact of competitive bidding and increased scrutiny on mobility providers have forced providers into three options …

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