Wisconsin’s Fourth District Representative Gwen Moore braved Milwaukee’s winter weather to visit us at KHS Friday afternoon, January 20th. Accompanied by her constituent liaison, Congresswoman Moore toured our facility and learned first hand the value of complex rehab technology and the difference it can make in the lives of those needing it.
Along with providing durable medical equipment and service, orthopedic products, women’s health products, compression therapy and home modifications, KHS provides rehab wheelchairs fabricated for the specific needs of each patient. Complex Rehab Technology (CRT) clients usually qualify for Medicare based on their disability and not their age.
KHS, with approximately one-third of our 65 employees living in the congresswoman’s district, presented the case for making the specialized equipment used for complex rehab part of a separate benefit category within Medicare.
Securing a separate benefit category for CRT would, “appropriately distinguish and address the unique needs of individuals with disabilities and medical conditions who require these complex rehab technology products and services,” according to a position paper on the subject. For the past 40 years the Medicare billing codes have remained the same while the technology has advanced.
The congresswoman asked a lot of probing questions and was interested in the latest technology in seating and positioning. She tried out a complex rehab chair and was able to experience how an appropriate “tipping” mechanism would benefit blood flow and pressure relief for someone who uses a wheelchair 14 hours a day. She also saw a custom back, seating and headrest system created from a computer model of the patient’s unique spinal curvature.
Congresswoman Moore was a gracious guest who left convinced of the difference between the standard durable medical equipment – a common wheelchair – and the CRT equipment – products and services needing an interdisciplinary team of professional to fit, size and modify the equipment to a particular patient’s needs.
We wish the congresswoman the best as she takes this new knowledge to the halls of Congress and spreads the word among her colleagues: a bill that would provide a separate benefit category for CRT is worthy of their support!
(For more information on the separate benefit category, visit ncart.us)