Numotion Serves the Complex Rehab Technology Needs of the ALS Community

April 10, 2015

Numotion Teams Up with The ALS Association and Discusses how CRT Benefits May Be at Risk

Numotion, a leading provider of Complex Rehab Technology (CRT), including customized wheelchairs, is proud to support The ALS Association and is excited to continue as a National Premiere Sponsor in 2015. We recognize the valuable services The ALS Association provides through its national efforts, local chapters and clinics. We look forward to strengthening our partnership and working closely in many ways, including supporting local Walk to Defeat ALS® events across the country and participating as a Platinum sponsor at The ALS Association National Public Policy Conference.

Part of our continued commitment to the ALS community is our ALS Fast Track Program.  For customers who qualify, once an evaluation is completed with all necessary documents received, the ALS Fast Track Program enables us to provide the right mobility - right now and deliver equipment within 18 days of evaluation. This reduces the amount of time customers have to spend using loaner equipment and allows clinicians to be included in delivery and adjustments.

At Numotion, we understand the importance of Complex Rehab Technology products to the ALS community.  Some examples of CRT include complex power or manual wheelchairs, customized seating systems, pressure relieving cushions and custom bath chairs. CRT products are medically necessary, individually configured devices that require evaluation, fitting, adjustment and programming. They are designed to maximize a person’s independence by meeting specific and unique medical, physical and functional needs.

Working to Preserve Access to CRT

The ALS Association has a long history of working to preserve access to CRT through its public policy efforts on Capitol Hill and at regulatory agencies.  Most recently, The Association has endorsed legislation to provide appropriate recognition and coverage of CRT through the creation of a separate benefit category within the existing Medicare program. This would result in CRT being classified in its own category separate from standard Durable Medical Equipment items such as commodes, hospital beds, and basic wheelchairs. This distinction would allow for the creation of CRT-specific policies regarding coverage, coding, and supplier standards.

The Association also is working to oppose changes in Medicare coverage that may impact a person’s ability to access CRT. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently announced that beginning in January,2016 that complex rehab wheelchair accessories, such as seat/back cushions, recline/tilt systems, specialty controls, etc., may be reimbursed at the reduced payment rates found in Medicare’s competitive bidding program.  Such a change could limit patient access to these critical technologies. The change is contrary to legislation that The ALS Association supported, which was enacted into law in 2008 that specifically exempts CRT wheelchair accessories from the competitive bidding program. 

The Complex Rehab Technology community is pleased to partner with The ALS Association to ensure that individuals with ALS and other complex medical needs and disabilities receive the best care and equipment.  If you would like to help preserve access to these technologies, sign-up to become an ALS Advocate via The ALS Association’s website at http://www.alsa.org/advocacy/get-involved/.

With a strong local focus, Numotion aims to be the most responsive and innovative provider of complex wheelchairs. We have over 350 certified Assistive Technology Professionals (ATPs) in more than 130 locations across 42 states to serve the CRT needs of the ALS community.

To learn more about Numotion, or locate a branch in your area, visit www.Numotion.com.

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