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JUN 2018

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Mobility Briefs Outdated tech causes pain YARMOUTH, Maine – Nine out of 10 wheelchair users in the U.S. experience pain as a result of their device, according to a new study. The study, conducted by ComRes for the Toyota Mobility Foundation, polled wheel- chair users in five countries. Fifty percent of users experience back pain at least once a day, 29% experience shoulder pain at least once a day, and 28% say they constantly experience back pain. The study also found that 39% of wheelchair users report need- ing assistance travelling to destinations, and 31% have been unable to find an accessible toilet. In November, the foundation launched the $4 million Mobility Unlimited Challenge to change the lives of people with lower-limb paralysis with "game-changing" technology. Wisconsin recognizes CRT NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Legislation recognizing complex rehab as a separate benefit catego- ry has been passed in Wisconsin and signed into law by Gov. Scott Walker. "We were hon- ored to stand alongside Gov. Walker to wit- ness the adoption of CRT legislation protect- ing individuals with disabilities in Wisconsin," said Ryan Peebles, director of government affairs at National Seating & Mobility. "Our coalition has worked tirelessly for more than 18 months to advance education about the complexity of CRT solutions and the unique needs of individuals with disabilities who are in need of those services and products." NSM has worked on getting AB-462 passed in the House and SB-381 in the Senate with NCART, Ki Mobility and Comfort Company for 18 months. NSM consolidates… NASHVILLE, Tenn. – National Seating & Mobility has opened a new branch in Chicago to con- solidate three existing branches in the area. "Merging the three existing Chicago area branches within our new location enables us to enhance the services provided for our cli- ents in the area," said Bill Mixon, CEO. "The larger location allows our Chicago team to combine resources, increase evaluations and streamline routing and service scheduling so we can serve our clients better and faster." Branches in Broadview, Bridgeview and Lombard, Ill., will merge into the new location in Countryside, Ill. Twelve ATPs and 23 team members, including technicians, funding specialists and customer service representa- tives, will staff the new branch. … makes buys NASHVILLE, Tenn. – National Seating & Mobil- ity has acquired Chattanooga-based Profes- sional Rehab & Mobility. The deal, which also includes locations in Knoxville and Kingsport, allows NSM to expand its reach throughout Tennessee. "Tennessee is home to both our corporate headquarters in Franklin, and our operations center in Chattanooga, making this acquisition particularly special to NSM," said Bill Mixon, NSM CEO, in a press release. NSM has also acquired Reflection Medical in Temperance, Mich. The move expands the provider's reach in southern Michigan and northwest Ohio. ■ Michele Gunn shares how she was able to show one dad the value of complex rehab providers. See story next page. 14 h M e N e WS / ju N e 2018 / WWW .h M e N e WS . COM Consumers to providers: Help recruit more of us . . . . . . . 1 Stakeholders push CRT bills . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 Q&A: VMI's Tim Barone . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 Ward, Pedersen recognized for mobility work . . . . . . . . . 14 CBO remains hurdle for CRT bills VMI's Barone joins likes of Powell Q&A Mobility becomes more visible at OT conference By Liz Beau L ieu, e ditor WASHINGTON – Complex rehab stakeholders have a tough, but not impossible, battle ahead of them to get their legislation passed in Congress this year, lobbyist Amy Cunniffe told the attendees of the National CRT Leadership & Advocacy Confer- ence on April 25. Stakeholders have two bills they're trying to pass in Congress: H.R. 3730 and S. 486, which would stop CMS from apply- ing competitive bidding related pricing for accessories for com- plex rehab manual wheelchairs; and H.R. 750, which would cre- By Liz Beau L ieu, e ditor SALT LAKE CITY – When the A m e r i c a n O c c u p a t i o n a l Therapy Association rec- ognized 13 fellows at its annual conference here in April, two were recognized for their work specifically in seating and wheeled mobil- ity and assistive technology. T h e y w e r e A m b e r Wa r d , M S , O T R / L , BCPR, ATP/SMS, of the Neurosciences Institute- Neurology in Charlotte, N.C., and Jessica Pre- sperin Pedersen, OT, MBA, OTR/L, ATP/SMS, of the Shirley Ryan Abil- ity Lab in Chicago. "Amber and Jessica's C l i n i c i a n Ta s k F o rc e c o l l e a g u e s a re p ro u d o f t h e i r p ro f e s s i o n a l accomplishments and honored recognition," said Laura Cohen, exec- utive director of the CTF, where Ward and Peder- sen are both members and where Ward serves on the executive board. The AOTA's Roster of Fel- lows award recognizes OTs who through their knowl- edge, expertise, leadership, advocacy and/or guidance, have made a significant con- tribution over time to the profession. Since its incep- By Liz Beau L ieu, e ditor Reapi N g R e W a R d S f ROM R e S ea RC h Ward is working on a proj- ect that will assess the abil- ity of Permobil's Virtual Seating Coach to prevent wounds in ALS patients who use wheelchairs. "People with ALS get wounds even though they shouldn't, because they can communicate and feel," she said. "We're going to use the coach to train people and to follow up with them on things like, I noticed you didn't do a pressure release yesterday. We want to know why they still have wounds." Pedersen is working with a colleague on a research paper, funded by Motion Concepts, to outline the differences in outcome measurements for different back supports. "We were in D.C. advocat- ing on the manual accessories issue and the feedback we got was, where's the evidence that this expensive back is better?" she said. "We did a lit review By Tracy Orze L , c ontributing Writer PHOENIX – Tim Barone, CEO of Phoenix-based Vantage Mobility International, was awarded the Distinguished Service Award by the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) in April. The award, which has also been given to the likes of Colin Powell, recognizes organizations or indi- viduals who have greatly aided veterans. HME News: Why do veterans hold a special place at VMI? Tim Barone: These young men and ladies gave their lives, limbs and health for us, and this is a small token of our appreciation. HME: How does VMI's military program work? B a r o n e : T h e o r i g i n a l equipment manufacturers Stakeholders push on with 240-plus visits on Capitol Hill during complex rehab conference T H ir T y co N su ME rs joined stakeholders on visits on the Hill . ate a separate benefit for complex rehab technology. These have been long-standing goals for stakeholders, begging the ques- tion: Why is it taking so long? "It has a lot to due with the way the process has changed in Congress, especially for health care," said Amy Cunniffe, a principal with SplitOak Strate- gies. They're really looking for bills that are bi-partisan and that have been scored by the CBO and that score is de minimis." For stakeholders, the latter, not the former, is the bigger hurdle, Cunniffe says. "The CBO has been challeng- ing to work with," she said. "We bring forth real data estimates and the CBO looks at it and says, 'That looks nice, we're going to put a multiplier of five on it,'" she said. "We ask, 'What's the basis for that?' and they say, 'That's none of your business, thanks for coming, now please leave.' We're trying to come up with creative solutions to address that." Another hurdle: A limited number of larger pieces of legisla- tion will be moving through Con- gress this year, an election year. There are only three bills poised to move on opioids, the budget and an omnibus, Cunniffe says. "It's not like typical years, where there are multiple moving bills," she said. HME Tim Barone receives an award from the Military Officers Association of America . Dream team: Ward and Pedersen tion in 1973, 261 OTs have been named fellows. Ward and Pedersen being named fellows was only the first indication that seating and wheeled mobility and AT are becoming more visible within the AOTA. The second: 18 educational and poster ses- sions at the conference were focused on the specialty. " U s u a l l y , t h e r e 's m a y b e o n e p r e s e n t a - t i o n r e l a t e d to seating and wheeled mobili- ty and AT," Ward said. "It's super duper cool that it's getting more recognition and we're going to keep working on that." I t h e l p e d t o have an insider at the AOTA: Roger Smith, PhD, OT, FAOTA, a past p r e s i d e n t o f RESNA who, as the recipient of the Eleanor Clarke Slagle Lectureship award in 2017, was involved in planning the content for this year's confer- ence. "He's a huge advocate and he really pushed for AT being a bigger part of the confer- ence," Pedersen said. HME Amber Ward Pedersen T I M b a r o n e n e x t pa g e d R E A M t e a m n e x t pa g e

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