New Complex Wheelchair Accessories Survey Highlights Major Decrease in Access
NCART recently conducted a survey of over 400 Medicare supplier locations to assess the impact of continued Medicare payment cuts to Complex Rehab manual wheelchair accessories. The results indicate that there has been a major decrease in access. View the survey report here.
An alarming 65% of the complex rehab technology providers state they have already implemented significant reductions in their provision of accessories used with complex rehab manual wheelchairs and an additional 22% say they have been holding off on limiting the accessories they provide, but if nothing changes, they will be doing so within the next 90 days.
The next critical step is to get this compelling data to Congress. The survey results emphasize the need for Congress to pass H.R. 3730 and S. 486 to stop CMS from continuing to inappropriately apply Competitive Bid Program pricing to accessories used with Complex Rehab manual wheelchairs. You can read more about the need for this legislation here.
We urge the CRT provider community to reach out to their Members of Congress with this new data, even if they have already signed on to the bills. Take three minutes to visit www.protectmymobility.org and click on the "Send the Email" link. Supply your information and an email will be sent to your Members detailing the survey results and the need to take legislative action this year.