Ensuring Access to Quality Complex Rehab Technology Act of 2017 (H.R.750)

Background:

Complex rehab technology (CRT) consists of medically necessary technology that can include products such as manual or powered wheelchairs, alternative positioning systems, or other adaptive equipment essential to performing tasks of daily living.

CRT is currently covered under Medicare’s Durable Medical Equipment (DME) benefit category, but the coverage is not nearly enough. To create appropriate coverage, the Complex Rehab Technology (H.R. 750) Act has proposed that CRT become its own Medicare benefit category to ensure adequate coverage, manufacturing standards, and insurance coding.

If this act is passed, CRT products would be more readily available to individuals who need it. It would require Medicare to cover all individually designed CRT items related to meeting an individual’s physical and functional needs as related to their medical condition.

The Secretary of Health and Human Services would require new medical eligibility criteria for CRT items and pay for replacement parts, if deemed necessary by a medical practitioner. This would ensure that CRT is being prescribed properly.

Overall, the passing of this legislation would increase the accessibility to assistive technologies and would allow individuals with a disability to lead a more full and independent life.

 

Status:

This bill was introduced in the House by Representative James F. Sensenbrenner (R-WI) in January 2017 and was referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce in addition to the Committee on Ways and Means. It was since referred to House Energy and Commerce as well as House Ways and Means.

 

Key Terms:

Complex Rehab Technology – medically-necessary devices that are individually configured to meet the person’s unique needs. Such technology consists of manual and powered wheelchairs, adaptive seating systems, alternative positioning systems, and other mobility devices.

Durable Medical Equipment – equipment covered under Medicare Part B that consists of long-lasting medical equipment meant to assist an individual with daily life in the home. Such technology may consist of blood glucose monitors, crutches, canes, oxygen equipment, nebulizers, etc.

 

Supporting Organizations:
American Association for Homecare
American Association for Justice
Baxter Healthcare
Ernst & Young
Holland & Knight
Internet Association
Intuit Inc
Invacare Corp
King & Spalding
Kozak & Salina
Monsanto Co
Muscular Dystrophy Association
National Association for Home Care
National Multiple Sclerosis Society
Oak Health Strategies
Paralyzed Veterans of America
Parry, Romani et al
S-3 Group
United Spinal Association
US Chamber of Commerce

 

Cosponsors: 
House of Representatives
Crowley, Joseph [D-NY14]
Connolly, Gerald E. [D-VA-11]
Larson, John B. [D-CT-1] 
Nolan, Richard M. [D-MN-8]
Blackburn, Marsha [R-TN-7]
Ellison, Keith [D-MN-5]
Slaughter, Louise McIntosh [D-NY-25]
Pingree, Chellie [D-ME-1]
King, Steve [R-IA-4]
DelBene, Suzan K. [D-WA-1]
Ryan, Tim [D-OH-13]
Mullin, Markwayne [R-OK-2]
Gibbs, Bob [R-OH-7]
Langevin, James R. [D-RI-2]
Woodall, Rob [R-GA-7]
Titus, Dina [D-NV-1]
Cramer, Kevin [R-ND-At Large]
Joyce, David P. [R-OH-14]
Barletta, Lou [R-PA-11]
Tiberi, Patrick J. [R-OH-12]
Barr, Andy [R-KY-6]
Walz, Timothy J. [D-MN-1]
Paulsen, Erik [R-MN-3]
Wasserman Schultz, Debbie [D-FL-23]
Cooper, Jim [D-TN-5]