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JUN 2018

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Mobility h M e N e WS / ju N e 2018 / WWW .h M e N e WS . COM 15 Learning to say no: The evolution of an ATP By Liz Beau L ieu, e ditor A MON g THE moments at the National CRT Leadership & Advocacy Conference that drew the loudest round of applause was a story told by Michele g unn. g unn, who participated in a panel on "Running a CRT company in a DME world," is an ATP/CRTS for Browning's Health Care and an at- large director at NRRTS. Here's an edited version of her story: I was working with a pediatric cli- ent on a chair and the dad says he'd also like a stroller. In Florida, they'll pay for one mobility device every five years. He says, we have a trust fund that will pay for the stroller; we just need a denial. Our office does their magic—all the steps needed to get this done. We get an approval for the chair and a denial for the stroller. I call the dad (about the stroller) and he says, you guys charge a lot more for the stroller than what I see online. I say, well yeah, I met you at a clinic; I spent a lot of time with you. He says, thanks but no thanks, I'll go out on my own. Later, I deliver the chair; it looks great; he's happy. I'm picking up my bags to leave and he says, since you're here can you set up the stroller, (which is still in a box). The me 10 years ago would have put down my bag and dug into that box; the me now said, sir, I'm not going to open that box. (But) if you need help with the chair, I'm happy to help you. It took a lot to do that and I didn't feel good about it. He never contacted us once about the chair. One day, I was at the children's pediatric hospital, and I was called on to help with seating for a patient, and there was the dad. His daughter's surgery went great. There was a lot of correction—it added four inches of length to her torso. There was a flurry of activity (to adjust her chair and seating, as a result of the surgey) and it was all done in front of the dad. I was on my way out the door and I heard him say, wait a minute. He held out his hand and shook it. I thought then, we're all good. HME d REAM c o n t i n u e d f r o m p r e v i o u s pa g e and found only a few articles on this topic. It was scary." Cul T iva T i N g T hei R CONTR ibu T i ONS Ward says she's particularly proud of her work elevat- ing the status of the special- ty within the AOTA. She put forth a motion at an AOTA representative assembly to acknowledge the importance of OTs that do seating and wheeled mobility and assis- tive technology. "There was nothing in the books to make that part of the practice parameters," she said. "Now there is." Pedersen says she's particu- larly proud of her work devel- oping a form that "goes through the flow" of how to do a wheel- chair evaluation. "It was the first form that got rid of the letter of medical neces- sity," she said. "It changed the way everyone did evals." HME TIM b ARONE c o n t i n u e d f r o m p r e v i o u s pa g e (OEMs) have a $1,000 mobil- ity rebate program. Our Operation Independence rebate is $1,000 and then we've got another program with USAA that is $1,000. We can knock off $3,000. HME: How could self-driving cars help people with disabilities? Barone: One of the main concerns with autonomous vehicles is the fact that America is very litigious. If there's nobody driving the vehicle and someone's killed, who's respon- sible? The OEMs are very allergic to (lawsuits). (But) I think auton- omous vehicles are going to hap- pen in our lifetime. They still have a ways to go technologically, but I think that's the biggest impact on wheelchair accessible vehicles com- ing down on the horizon. HME

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