TLC will host two pre-conferences at the 2015 ASCIP Educational Conference on Sunday, September 6, 2015!
- Intro to SCI: What You Don't Know, What You Thought You Knew, and What You Need to Know
- Advanced Seating and Positioning For the Rehabilitation Professional
Interested in getting involved?
TLC has several open committee representative positions. Please contact Laura Wehrli if you are interested in getting more involved and serving the ASCIP community.
Laura Wehrli, TLC President
URGENT: Act Today!
As you know, people with Spinal Cord Injury, Traumatic Brain Injury, MS and ALS frequently require access to high-end, complex rehabilitation equipment and related accessories. The quality and availability of equipment is at risk due to proposed funding changes through the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). We need your help to advocate for prevention of these changes through Congress. Allowing your voice to be heard takes only minutes via the link below.
ASCIP believes that your clinical judgment and knowledge of your patients’ needs should drive the decision-making process to the most appropriate medical equipment. It should not be driven by a formulary restricted by reimbursement.
If you think that this will not affect your patients, you’re mistaken. Even if CMS is not your clients’ main equipment payer source, CMS procedures are often adopted by other insurance providers. In addition, CMS is one of the largest payers nationally and equipment manufacturers may be forced to change their products in order to meet financial limitations that this bill will impose.
WHAT HAS TO HAPPEN…
Your elected representatives need to hear from you today! We need your representative to sign on to the Congressional letter to stop CMS from applying competitive bidding to Complex Rehab equipment accessories effective January 1, 2016. The signature deadline is Wednesday, April 15, 2015.
HOW YOU CAN HELP…
Call your Representative’s office and let them know that you oppose CMS’ application of competitive bidding to Complex rehabilitation wheelchairs and accessories effective January 1, 2016. Explain the adverse effect that restricted access to complex rehab equipment has upon your patients and that the right wheelchair and seating system helps make people with SCI more independent and improves clinical outcomes.
You can find more information about contacting your Representative and other information regarding CMS’ competitive bidding proposals at http://cqrcengage.com/access2crt/CBpricing.
Thanks for your time and consideration of this important issue to our patients.