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APR 2017

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Mobility Briefs PSP Homecare ramps up advertising RANCHO CUCAMONGA, Calif. – Mobility products provider PSP Homecare has launched a tar- geted marketing strategy featuring new ra- dio, online and direct mail advertising. "We are all very excited to now be positioned to start a greatly expanded advertising cam- paign for our products and services, all supported by our own new dedicated call center," said Michelle Ricco, CEO of Proto Script Pharmaceutical Corp, the parent company of PSP Homecare. PSP Homec- are serves the California and Las Vegas areas. Numotion adds Spinergy wheels to online store... BRENTWOOD, Tenn. – Numotion has added Spinergy wheels to its online store, www. "Spinergy wheels are some of the most popular on the market and we're excited that now our custom- ers can access the most robust online offering of this innovative product 24/7," said Mike Swinford, CEO of Numotion. Spinergy wheels feature patented spoke material—polyphenylene bensobisoxazole fiber (PBO)—that delivers three times the strength of stainless steel at half the weight, allowing users to exert less effort to propel their chairs. Numotion launched its online store last year. ...offers 'test drive' of SoftWheels BRENTWOOD, Tenn. – Numotion has launched a new demo program that allows manual wheelchair users to "test drive" a set of Soft- Wheels by Numotion for one week, free of charge and with no obligation to purchase. Numotion began making the offer avail- able at its online store, www.shopnumotion. com, on Feb. 23. "People who have tried SoftWheels have described the experience as 'life-changing,'" said John Pryles, senior vice president of sales for Numotion. "We want more people to have the benefits these wheels offer first hand so they can experi- ence more comfort and advance their level of mobility." SoftWheels is an in-wheel suspen- sion system that absorbs bumps and vibra- tions from uneven terrain and surfaces, re- sulting in a smoother more comfortable ride. Chrysler claims Pacifica as most spacious CHICAGO – Fiat Chrysler Automobiles unveiled a new upfitted BraunAbility Pacifica Feb. 9 at the 2017 Chicago Auto Show. "The most spacious wheelchair-accessible vehicle in the industry, the BraunAbility Chrysler Paci- fica features patent-pending AccessAbility technology, including an aerospace-inspired sliding door extension and the industry's wid- est side-entry ramp, with rear-axle space in- novations and cantilevered seat bases that expand interior cabin space, maximizing space for obstruction-free maneuverability for all sizes and types of wheelchairs," the company stated in a news release. ■ Stakeholders have secured bills in the House and Senate to preserve payments for accessories. See story below. 14 HM e N e WS / a P ril 2017 / WWW . HM e N e WS . C o M Prior authorization process has bumpy start . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Clinician Task Force shares curriculum . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 UPitt surveys wheelchair users about technology. . . . . . 14 The Access Strength ensures fitness for all . . . . . . . . . . . 15 Stakeholders chase fix for accessories Task force pushes curriculum UPitt targets consumer input A C C E s s O R I E s s e e n e x t pa g e By Liz Beau L ieu, e ditor WA s HINGTON – Now that bills have been introduced in both the House of Representatives and Senate to permanently protect reimbursement for accessories for complex man- ual and power wheelchairs, stakeholders are in a race against time to get Congress to act on the issue. By Liz Beau L ieu, e ditor T H e Cli N i C ia N Task Force provided "a taste" of its entry- level seating and wheeled mobility curriculum for academic programs at an a merican Physical Therapy a ssociation meeting in mid- February. a topic at the meeting, also organized by the a cad- emy of Neurological Physi- cal Therapy: a new educa- tion center being launched by the a NPT that will even- tually house the curriculum online. "The idea is to make the curriculum available at no cost or low cost to academ- ic programs," said l aura Cohen, executive director of CTF. "The logistics haven't been worked out, but say Boston University decides to use the curriculum, they'll get user access for all their students and faculty for three days or two months— however long—and then it expires. That way, they have access to it—they can pull it down—but you don't have a lot of materials circulat- ing around that become outdated." CTF received a one-year grant from the Craig H. Neilsen Foundation in the fall of 2015 to complete the curriculum. i t received a one-year extension in 2016, giving it until the fall of 2017. Developing the curriculum By Jeff Rowe, Contributing w riter PITT s BURGH – i f there's one group of HM e consumers that has an ongoing interest in incorporating new tech- nology into their routines, it's wheelchair users. Too often, however, they don't get asked what changes they'd like to see in the equipment that plays an integral role in their daily lives. So says Rory Cooper, asso- ciate dean for inclusion and distinguished professor in the Deptartment of Rehabilitation Science and Technology at the University of Pittsburgh. That's why he and some UPitt colleagues launched an online survey, " i dentifying Unmet Wheelchair Related Needs and the Future of Mobility Technology." " i t's overdue that somebody ask consumers what are some of the high-tech needs that technology could address," he said recently. " l ook at the New Tek at Numotion n umotion has become the exclusive distributor for t ek RMD by Matia Robotics in the United s tates. t ek RMD is a motorized standing movement device that offers the ability for those who are in a manual wheelchair to complete everyday activities from a standing position. Unlike other standers, users can board and control the device unassisted. t ek RMD is available through assistive technology professionals or online at s hop n a t s hop n, customers will be prompted to schedule an evaluation for individually configured customization. 'This is definitely on their radar screens,' says NCART's Don Clayback of Congress l a t e l a s t year, stake- holders were able to secure a six-month d e l a y i n CMS's plans t o a p p l y c o m p e t i - tive bidding- related pricing to accessories for complex power wheel- chairs—a delay that expires July 1 of this year. "We're in a relatively good space," said Don Clayback, executive director of NC a RT. "The bills have been dropped and we have a good group of original co-sponsors out of the gate. We've had communica- tion with staff members on key committees. This is definitely on their radar screens." Reps. l ee Zeldin, R-N.Y., and John l arson, D-Conn., introduced H.R. 1361 with 18 other co-sponsors, 10 Repub- licans and eight Democrats, six of whom sit on the Ways and Means Committee and five on the e nergy & Commerce Com- mittee. Sens. Bob Casey, D-Pa., and Rob Portman, D-Ohio, introduced S. 486 with eight 'It's overdue that somebody ask consumers what are some of (their) high-tech needs' world: Self-driving cars are becoming a reality. Robotics are becoming more ingrained in society. The changes that automation is caus- ing in our factories. We don't want to see people with disabil- ities and the elder- ly left out of that revolution." One problem with helping consumers keep up with pos- sible helpful technologies, Cooper said, is that consum- ers often don't know what's available or what's possible. "The big driving force is re i m b u r s e m e n t , " h e s a i d , "and that tends to be low for assistance technology, which stifles innovation. Because of reimbursement levels, insur- ance providers aren't driven by trying to provide the best products and services, but by price." With those obstacles in mind, Cooper said he and his colleagues designed the sur- vey in part to build consumer awareness. " F o r e x a m p l e , w e a s k about brain-computer inter- faces, about self-driving cars and chairs, and about home robotics technology and other forms of automation, some of it web-enabled," he said. Moving forward, Cooper Dr. r ory Cooper is associate dean for inclusion and a distinguished professor in the Department of Rehabilitation Science and Technology. Seth Johnson U P I T T s U R v e y s e e n e x t pa g e C U R R I C U l U M s e e n e x t pa g e

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