NCART/NRRTS Conference to Focus on CRT Accessories, Medicare Separate Benefit

April’s NCART/NRRTS conference will bring complex rehab technology (CRT) stakeholders together to discuss a number of critical topics, but among those getting the most attention will be finding a permanent fix to a Medicare funding issue that’s been plaguing the industry for some time.

Don Clayback, NCART executive director, said in a Feb. 20 industry invitation that resolving the current funding problem surrounding CRT wheelchair accessories, as well as continuing to promote a Medicare separate benefit category for CRT, would be priorities during the April 26-27 conference.

“A major part of the conference is visiting members of Congress to push for passage of our CRT wheelchair accessories and our CRT separate benefit category legislation,” Clayback said in his bulletin to industry members. “We built good momentum last year thanks to everyone's efforts. 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!”

NCART and NRRTS have condensed this year’s meeting to two days and lowered the registration fee to $199 to enable more industry members to attend. The conference takes place in Arlington, Va., at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City.

Clayback said the first day of the conference, dubbed Leadership Day, would be composed of educational presentations “covering healthcare reform, federal and state regulatory/legislative issues, and getting prepped for Congress.”

The second day, Capitol Hill Day, consists of visits with members of Congress and their staffs to advocate for CRT policies.

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