Expo on Capitol Hill asks Congress to Support and Protect CRT

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[caption id="attachment_3896" align="alignleft" width="186"] Dan Fedor of U.S. Rehab and Tom Powers of VGM Government Relations pose with Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC)[/caption] On July 20, NCART, National Multiple Sclerosis Society and United Spinal hosted a CRT Exposition and Demonstration on Capitol Hill. The goal was to create awareness of the issues that CRT industry is facing with competitive bidding, particularly the expansion of the program to rural areas of the country in January 2016. This expansion will reduce Medicare reimbursement rates for durable medical equipment suppliers, causing a chain reaction of effects to Medicare beneficiaries, suppliers, providers, caregivers and hospitals. To help with the efforts, VGM and U.S. Rehab sent Tom Powers of VGM Government Relations, Dan Fedor and Elizabeth Cole of U.S. Rehab to Washington, D.C. Tom, Dan and Elizabeth also attended many meetings with key members of Congress including Rep. Lynn Jenkins (R-KS), Rep. Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC), Rep. Dave Loebsack (D-IA), Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) and Sen. John Hoeven (R-ND). Tom Powers commented, “We came to D.C. with many congressional meetings already scheduled, but after exhibiting at the CRT Expo, we sparked the interest of many other members of Congress and scheduled several additional meetings. We have gained more friends of the industry. It was a very successful trip!”