** NOTE: Greg Packer, Vice President U.S. Rehab
and Tom Powers, Director Stragic Media LTD. are on Capital Hill this week
working for our members to help the Seperate Benefit Category and working to
stop Competitive Bidding.
NCART Members and Friends,
The Complex Rehab Technology industry achieved a major milestone yesterday
with the introduction of Congressional legislation to establish a Separate
Benefit Category for CRT within Medicare. Representative Joe Crowley (D-NY), a
member of the House Ways & Means Committee, introduced HR-4378 the “Ensuring
Access to Quality Complex Rehabilitation Technology Act of 2012”.
It will be a day or two before the actual Bill is available for downloading.
In the meantime, attached is the final draft that contains the actual language.
I’ll forward the official Bill as soon as its available.
With legislation now introduced, we will begin a much broader effort to
secure additional sponsors and work to get the Bill attached to a larger piece
of legislation and passed. The Separate Benefit Category Steering Committee
(representatives from NCART, AA Homecare, RESNA, the Clinician Task Force, and
United Spinal Association) will continue to provide direction on the legislative
activities and decisions as the Bill moves ahead.
The timing is ideal as today CELA attendees are in Washington and we will be
visiting over 220 Members of Congress to seek additional sponsors in the House
and to get a “companion bill” introduced in the Senate. More details will
follow on what lies ahead and how you and other stakeholders can get
While we have significant work ahead, this is a positive step in creating
recognition for the specialized nature of CRT and the changes needed to protect
access to CRT for people with disabilities.
Donald E. Clayback