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AUG 2019

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Mobility BRIEFS State legislature recognizes CRT ALBANY, N.Y. – The New York State Assembly and Senate have passed legislation recog- nizing the "specialized nature" of complex rehab. A7492/S5741 also improve policies and provider standards. "This is the result of collaboration with the Center for Disability Rights and Monroe Wheelchair in Rochester, N.Y.," according to an NCART bulletin. The legislation now goes to Gov. Andrew Cuomo for his signature. NCART urges stakehold- ers in the state to contact the governor's of- fice asking him to support the legislation. If signed into law, New York will become the eighth state to recognize complex rehab. VMI, Numotion partner to ensure right fit PHOENIX and BRENTWOOD, Tenn. – Vantage Mo- bility International and Numotion will col- laborate to increase awareness of mobil- ity solutions under a new partnership. "This partnership with Numotion is designed to create a total solution for our mutual custom- ers from a single, convenient location," said Mark Shaughnessy, CEO of VMI. "We believe that our customers will greatly benefit from this and ensure that their mobility solutions fit together for the best possible experience with their vehicle and adaptive equipment." The partnership follows a successful pilot program at a select number of locations that will now roll out to all Numotion's locations. Freedom Mobility Center redesigns website MOORESVILLE, N.C. – Freedom Mobility Center has launched a newly designed website with an "intuitive user interface and enhanced functionality for seamless browsing on all types of computer and mobile devices." "Our recent website upgrade is in line with our mission to provide a digital platform where people can find the information they need re- garding Freedom Mobility Center's products and services," said Tina Robertson of Free- dom Mobility Center. NSM buys NJ provider NASHVILLE, Tenn. – National Seating & Mobil- ity has acquired CMC Adaptive Seating and Homecare in Whippany, N.J., growing its foot- print in the Northeast. The deal allows NSM to expand services to customers throughout New Jersey and New York. CMC's owners, Carlos and Patricia Collazo, who opened the complex rehab business in 2002, will transi- tion to leadership positions at the Whippany branch. ATPs Ian Holloway and Chris Horshal will also join the NSM team. ■ RESNA has made two changes to draw younger professionals to the field, Charlie Raphael says. See story page 1. 14 HME NEWS / AUGUST 2019 / WWW.HMENEWS.COM Accessories relief inches closer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 Q&A: Carey Britton of NSM . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 United Spinal rolls on Capitol Hill . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 SHME hosts Education Expo . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 'Two irons in the fire' on manual access issue On 'the other side' CONSUMERS MAKE MARK LEGISLATIVE UPDATE BY LIZ BEAULIEU, Editor W I T H H I S m a n y years of experi- ence, Carey Brit- ton could be in more of a management role, but sit- ting behind a desk is not for him. Here's what Brit- ton, who recently received a Distinguished Service Award from NRRTS and who is a seating and mobil- ity specialist for National Seating & Mobility, had to say about how working with kids with challenges makes his 12-hour days worth it. HME News: You started in this industry when you were just 22, launching an Amigo franchise with your father. Then in 1999, you separated from Amigo and launched Active Mobility Center to focus more on complex rehab. Why? Carey Britton: We realized that Amigo didn't give us the ability to follow and su ppo rt ou r cus tome rs who had more specialized needs. We ran that until 2015. HME: Then you sold to NSM? Britton: With all the market pressures and the receiv- ables issues—everything is just brutal. Unfortunately, as a mom-and-pop compa- ny, finding staff and doing it right is difficult. We had been approached by NSM and we decided to sell. HME: But you've stayed on at NSM. Britton: Yes, we're here in the same building with the same clients. At first, I was the only ATP, but we're growing and now we have three ATPs. It's been a good run. HME: Why do you still want to have a hands-on role in the business, let alone be in the business at all? You could have sold and retired. Britton: There's no other BY LIZ BEAULIEU, Editor WASHINGTON – The Health Sub- committee of the Energy & Commerce Committee in the House of Representatives has approved a bill that would, among other things, stop CMS from applying bid pric- ing to complex rehab manual wheelchairs for one year. H.R. 2328, the "Reautho- rizing and Extending Amer- i c a 's C o m m u n i t y H e a l t h Act," would also permanent- ly exclude complex rehab manual wheelchairs from the competitive bidding program. "It's a positive, as we now have two CRT irons in the fire, which indicates good support BY LIZ BEAULIEU, Editor WASHINGTON – The United Spinal Association's Roll on Capitol Hill, June 23-26, resulted in a record 250 visits with congres- sional offices, says Alexandra Bennewith. "That's the most we've ever done," said Bennewith, vice president, government rela- tions. "We had more than 100 advocates from more than 30 states, plus Puerto Rico. It was excellent." The annual advocacy event addresses the issues that impact the health, independence and quality of life of individuals living with spinal cord injuries and disorders, including dis- abled veterans. Among the issues discussed t o f i x o u r issue," said D o n C l a y - back, execu- tive director of NCART. S i m i l a r language also passed in the W a y s a n d Means Com- mittee in the H o u s e a s part of H.R. 3 4 2 9 , t h e " H E A R T S a n d R u r a l R e l i e f A c t " on June 26. Now, "the next step will be to see what legislation makes its way to the House floor for a vote," Clayback said. H.R. 3429 could be headed for a vote by the full House before the August recess. "That's what we're hearing," said Seth Johnson, senior vice president of government affairs for Pride Mobility Products. "You never know what's going to happen, with the different trade agreements and other issues on the Hill, but that's the goal." At press time, H.R. 2328 was headed for a vote by the f u l l E n e rg y & C o m m e rc e Committee. "While this is all good prog- ress, we still need to build Warrior Games Vantage Mobility International (VMI) volunteered driv- ers and wheelchair accessible vehicles to serve the military community at the Department of Defense's Warrior Games in Tampa, Fla., in June. For 10 days, 16 VMI employees used the company's minivans to transport dozens of active-duty service members and veteran athletes. during visits: stopping Medi- care from applying competitive bidding pricing for accessories for complex rehab manual wheelchairs. "We got a lot of good feed- back," Bennewith said. "They seemed to know about CRT and CB. I remember a time when we were doing a lot of education on that, but we're beyond that now. The offices understand." But the issues discussed were also much broader, like autono- mous vehicles. "This is a new frontier and we have to be in on the ground floor," Bennewith said. "We have to make sure we're part of the dialogue on, for example, the design of these vehicles for wheelchair users. This can be a huge life changer for people with disabilities." Seth Johnson, vice president of government affairs for Pride Mobility Products, attended the Roll on Capitol Hill. Quantum Rehab, a division of Pride, has been a sponsor of the event for Both H.R. 2328, H.R. 3429 include language to provide relief Carey Britton C A R E Y B R I T T O N S E E N E X T PA G E ROCH drew more than 100 advocates from more than 30 states ATTENDEES MADE A RECORD 250 visits with congressional offices. Don Clayback Seth Johnson MONROE WHEELCHAIR held a press conference announcing the news. A C C E S S O R I E S S E E N E X T PA G E R O L L O N S E E N E X T PA G E

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