Providers Urged to Join Call-in Campaign

April 18 effort will call on Congress to create a separate complex rehab benefit under Medicare.

HME providers, industry organizations, patient groups and other concerned citizens will join an April 18 call-in campaign to Congress to protect patient access to complex rehab technology (CRT), according to the American Association for Homecare.

The association urged providers and their constituents and partners to call their members of Congress via the Capitol switchboard at (202) 225-3121, to tell lawmakers or their staff that you want the Senator or Representative to support a separate benefit category under Medicare for CRT.

Citing the essential nature of complex rehab technology (CRT) for various patient groups, AAHomecare said it has joined the Independence Through Enhancement of Medicare and Medicaid (ITEM) Coalition, which is asking Congress to create a separate CRT benefit category under the Medicare program. This would include the elimination of Medicare's "in the home" restriction for CRT products, as well as adding other requirements laid out by the disability community.

The ITEM Coalition is comprised of 70 member organizations, including:

The American Association for Homecare
AAPD – American Association of People with Disability
BIAA – Brain Injury Association of America
Christopher Reeve Paralysis Foundation
Easter Seals
NCART – National Coalition for Assistive and Rehab Technology
NCIL – National Council on Independent Living
NSCIA – National Spinal Cord Injury Association
NRRTS – National Registry of Rehabilitation Technology Suppliers
National Stroke Association
National Multiple Sclerosis Association
SBAA – Spina Bifida Association of America
UCPA – United Cerebral Palsy Association
United Spinal Association

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