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FEB 2018

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Mobility Briefs NSM heads north NASHVILLE, Tenn. – National Seating & Mo- bility is opening locations in Anchorage, Alaska, and Olympia, Wash., it announced Dec. 13. The Anchorage branch will be its first in Alaska. "The continued growth of the company supports our goal to reach more clients in need of mobility solutions," said Bill Mixon, NSM CEO. "We are excited to operate our first location in Alaska and to expand our presence in the Washington area." NSM has been expanding across the country—its most recent acquisition was Mobility Unlimited in Texas. NRRTS provides amnesty LUBBOCK, Texas – The board of directors of NRRTS has announced an Amnesty Pro- gram for awarding the CRTS designation to new or current registrants who meet certain criteria. The program will be in effect Jan. 1, 2018, to March 31, 2018. Registrants must meet the following criteria to be eligible for the program: They must have a minimum of three years of experience providing di- rect services to consumers; they must be an ATP in good standing for a minimum of three years at the time of their application; and they must complete the application for registry to the satisfaction of the review chair within the timeframe. Current regis- trants who meet the criteria will be award- ed the CRTS designation on their 2018 renewal. Goalie Jim Craig joins Numotion's team BRENTWOOD, Tenn. – Numotion has announced a three-year partnership with U.S. Hockey "Miracle on Ice" goalie Jim Craig. The com- pany is bringing in Craig to create motiva- tional content for its website to inspire cus- tomers and employees, and to help create awareness for issues of those living with mobility disabilities. "In my years as a moti- vational speaker, I've learned that the power of dreaming, setting goals and having de- termination does indeed make a difference in a person's outlook on life," said Craig, a U.S. Hockey gold medalist. "There's power in hope and I look forward to bringing just that to Numotion's customers, employees and anyone faced with challenges." Craig first became involved with Numotion when he was invited to speak at the company's an- nual National Leadership Conference. Craig also accompanied Numotion leadership to Capitol Hill to help shine a light on the impor- tance of complex rehab technology. MobilityWorks hits 72 locations RICHFIELD, Ohio – MobilityWorks, a provider of wheelchair accessible vans, has acquired Concord, N.C.-based Accessibility Mobility Center. The acquisition expands Mobility- Works' presence in North Carolina, where it already has a van showroom and service center in Charlotte. Dan Plondke, the for- mer owner of Accessibility Mobility Center, will oversee operations in Concord. Mobil- ityWorks now has 72 locations in 24 states. ■ Don Clayback advises "reasonable thresholds" for states requiring prior auths for repairs. See story below. 14 h M e N e WS / Feb R ua R y 2018 / WWW .h M e N e WS . C o M VA standards still in the works. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 CMS demo for prior auths expires in August . . . . . . . . . . 14 Q&A: Maureen Story on upcoming ISS. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 Prior auths dominated headlines in 2017 . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 South Dakota joins the ranks Specialization pays off for seating symposium Rory Cooper, HealthHero Rory Cooper has been named a Health Hero by O Magazine. Cooper, a University of Pittsburgh professor, School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences associate dean for inclusion and Human Engineering Research Laboratories founding director, was one of 14 "changemakers" featured in the magazine's January issue. Cooper was lauded for his work designing devices "with independence and dignity in mind." Cooper also recently received the "Science and Environment Medal" as part of the 2017 Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medals. update: prior authorizations S O U T H d A k O t A S E E n E x t PA g E By Liz Beau L ieu, e ditor PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota has joined the prior authoriza- tion bandwagon, but there's a wrinkle. Starting Jan. 1, South Dako- ta's Medicaid program will require prior authorization for most mobility devices, as is the case for Medicaid programs in most states and for Medicare in a number of states. But South Dakota will also require prior authoriza- tions for repairs or replace- ment of parts or accessories. "Our main concern is for the repairs," said Cindy Coy, the business office manag- er for home health, hospice and HME for Avera Home Medical Equipment in Sioux Falls, and the South Dakota By Liz Beau L ieu, e ditor A M ED i CA r E DEMO n- S t r A t i O n p r o j e c t r e q u i r i n g p r i o r authorizations for stan- dard power wheelchairs in 19 states expires this August. "We've had some initial conversations with Medi- care with regard to what they plan to do," said Seth Johnson, senior vice pres- ident of government affairs for Pride Mobility Products. "We remain hopeful that it will become a permanent part of the program." C M S 's l a s t a c t i o n o n the demo: i n J u l y 2 0 1 5 , t h e a g e n c y extended the demo through August 2018. r ehab stake- holders have told CMS they would like to see the agency expand prior By Liz Beau L ieu, e ditor VANCOUVER, British Columbia – Exhibit space for the upcoming i nternational Seating Symposium is such a hot commodity that there are 40-plus companies on a wait- ing list. Exhibit space for i SS, March 6-9, at t he Westin Bayshore, here, is locked in at 75 companies, including i nspired by Drive, Permobil and i nvacare. Maureen Story, who co-chairs the committee charged with planning i SS, s p o k e w i t h H M E n e w s about why the event, which hops between Canada and the U.S. each year, has seen such dynamic growth. H M E N e w s : W h a t 's t h e overall theme of this year's ISS? Maureen Story: t he main theme is consumers informing practice. We've really had this shift in our prac- tice toward really listening to our cli- ents, hearing what they have to say and involving them in the decision-making process. t hey should be leading that pro- cess. A number of our sessions look at: How can we improve our listening skills? HME: This reflects a larger push to improve not only the health of wheelchair users but also their independence. Story: Yes, it used to be we focused on, how are we going to seat this individu- al with good posture? n ow we're also focused on, how are we going to help this individual participate in life? My clients, who are children, don't care if they're sitting in good posture; they care if they're going to be able to go to the playground and go to the movies. HME: What's new about this year's event? Story: People have said, "You have so much for clinicians and researchers, but not so much for technicians," so we've included in our pre-symposium a number of sessions specifically for rehab technicians that look at making sure they're developing the right com- petencies. HME: Why do you think ISS is so in demand? Story: i t shows the interest in this field. i n addition to the growth in exhibitors, we've seen a growth in attendees, as well. i n Van- couver, we're limited in how many attendees we can absorb, but in the states, there's been a huge increase in attendees over the last few years. i SS is just so focused on their area of interest and expertise. HME: What trends in attendance are you seeing? Story: We're drawing a lot of individuals from different countries, both in speak- ers and attendees. For our last sympo- sium, 1,100 attendees from 27 countries were represented. i n 1983, the first year, there were 97 attendees from other coun- tries. i n n ashville in 2017, there were more than 1,900. HME Deadline looms What are CMS's plans for demonstration? chairwoman for the Midwest Association of Medical Equip- ment Services. " t he question we can't get answered is, how long will it take to get prior authorizations?" t he state will require prior authorizations for: repairs or replacement of parts or acces- sories if the submitted com- bined charges for parts and labor will be $1,000 or more; for repairs or replacement of parts or accessories that are less than 365 days old; and for miscellaneous parts billed with HCPCS code K0108 when the submitted charge for the part will be $400 or more. t o get wheelchair users "back up and running" in a timely fashion, the state's Seth Johnson Maureen Story P R I O R A U t H d E M O S E E n E x t PA g E

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