Making a Difference on Capitol Hill
Last week the annual National Complex Rehab Technology (CRT) Leadership and Advocacy Conference was held in Washington, D.C. Sunrise Medical executives were actively engaged in the conference as well as meeting with members of Congress. Rita Hostak, Sunrise Medical's Vice President of Government Relations, attended the conference and served as a co-presenter of one of the educational sessions.
I asked Rita to provide a brief recap of this very important industry event:
The CRT industry continues to make important progress in Washington educating congress and advocating for improved access to technology for people with disabilities. The number of clinicians and consumers that attended the conference has increased and the message is stronger and clearer than ever. It is obvious that stakeholders are feeling the impact of Medicare policies that clearly do not work for people with disabilities.
Members of congress and their staff responded with disbelief when told about CMS' recent decision to move CRT items to capped rental and saw this as further evidence for the need to move CRT to a separate benefit category in order to protect access. There were mixed opinions regarding the most likely Medicare bill for inclusion of the CRT legislation and the likely timing for such action. But, there was significant encouragement for us to continue to push for this to be a top priority for inclusion.
If you are a CRT stakeholder; clinician, ATP, consumer, family member, caregiver, etc., call your representatives and senators to gain their support of H.R. 924-Ensuring Access to Quality CRT Act of 2013 and Senate companion bill S 948.
To learn more about advocacy and how to contact your representatives and senators visit the National Collation for Assistive and Rehab Technology (www.ncart.us) and the National Registry of Rehabilitation Technology Suppliers (www.nrrts.org).
Your voice will make a difference!
Disclaimer: The contents of this blog are intended to be utilized as a general resource for clinicians and suppliers to then use clinical reasoning skills to determine optimal seating and mobility solutions for individual clients. Steve and Angie are unable to answer questions from members of the general public including caregivers and end users. Members of the general public should direct specific questions to their own clinicians, medical, suppliers, or other health care professionals.
Posted by: Date: 5/7/2014 12:00:00 AM
Filed under: Angie