WASHINGTON, D.C. (June 23, 2017) – Today, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Administrator (CMS) Seema Verma announced that CMS will not move forward on plans to apply competitive bid rates to specific Complex Rehab Technology (CRT) specialized power wheelchairs and accessories originally set to go into effect on July 1, 2017. On June 14, 2017, Rep. McMorris Rodgers led a letter with a bipartisan group of 154 Members of the U.S. House of Representatives to Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Seema Verma expressing concerns with implementation of the Medicare Competitive Bidding Program and requesting CMS use its administrative authority to stop these CRT payment reductions. These reimbursement cuts had the potential to dramatically reduce patient access to CRT accessories.
“I’m so pleased to see CMS reconsider making these drastic cuts to Complex Rehab Technology,” said McMorris Rodgers. “Those with ALS and other debilitating diseases rely on these tools in their day-to-day lives. I’m thankful to the Trump Administration for their willingness to work together to ensure people in Eastern Washington, and across the country, have access to important medical equipment and technology so they can thrive and live independent lives.”
You can view the full letter here.
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