National CRT Conference Slated for April 26-27

Event will see complex rehab stakeholders lobby lawmakers and staff to protect CRT and accessories.

Registration for the National CRT Leadership and Advocacy Conference, hosted by the National Coalition for Assistive and Rehab Technology and the National Registry of Rehabilitation Technology Suppliers  is now open.  

Slated for April 26 and 27, at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City in Arlington, Va, the event will give complex rehab technology stakeholders an opportunity to take their message to Congress.  In addition to advocacy work, the event will provide legislative updates, educational programs and networking opportunities.

A primary objective for the conference is to meet with members of Congress and push for passage of legislation protecting CRT wheelchair accessories and establishing CRT as as separate benefit.

“We built good momentum last year thanks to everyone's efforts,” noted Don Clayback, executive director of NCART, in a public statement. “But we need to build on that with this year's visits. The delay in payment cuts to CRT Wheelchair accessories expires on June 30 and we need a permanent fix.”

Aiming to increase attendance by focusing on being budget and time friendly, NCART and NRRTS have compressed this year's conference program into two days and reduced the registration to $199. 

A full conference flyer is available at http://bit.ly/2lR7uZ0. Highlights include:

April 26, Leadership Day: The event features CRT-focused presentations on topics such as healthcare reform, federal and state regulatory and legislative issues, and preparation for meetings with Congress members.  The schedule of presentations runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., with a CRT United Reception running from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

April 27, Capitol Hill Day: Providers, manufacturers, consumers and clinicians will make CRT’s case in person to lawmakers and staff on Capitol Hill from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., followed by a Debriefing running from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

NCART and NRRTS urged prospective attendees to sign up early while registration spots and hotel rooms are still available. More details and registration pages are available at www.ncart.us and www.nrrts.org.

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