Packer Perspective: September 2020

Published in Complex Rehab on September 14, 2020

“Success is not final; failure is not fatal. It is the courage to continue that counts.” – Winston Churchill

I found this quote to be quite appropriate for the current times we are going through this year with the pandemic. Remember that U.S. Rehab and VGM are here for your success and to help ensure that you do not have failure—and that it is not fatal if you do have some. 

I am very excited to share a recent podcast that was recorded with Dr. Mark Schmeler, Dan Fedor, Kyle Walker, and myself about a new educational program focused around telehealth and CRT. In this episode, we discuss the history of telehealth, how providers are willing to challenge the status quo by embracing untraditional methods for assessments and non-billable services within virtual technology, the policies surrounding telehealth services from a payer standpoint, and how telehealth is not a one-size-fits-all solution. It is imperative to continue working on this and determine all variables so providers can address the needs of the patient and best serve them. 

Embracing telehealth is multi-faceted. From the standpoint of payers, clinicians, and providers, they all go hand-in-hand as our industry continues to transition to the pay-for-performance model of value-based care. When thinking about the future of telehealth and what healthcare services look like for the CRT industry, it is essential to remember to show the effectiveness of these services for the patient and how they can lead to positive outcomes.

Click here to listen to the podcast.

We will continue to release more episodes to give you information on what to expect in the future. Please let us know if you have questions and/or comments when you see the release of this much-needed educational programming.

Thank you for being a member and for your continued support of the programs and items we deliver to you each and every day.

Greg Packer
President, U.S. Rehab


TAGS

  1. complex rehab
  2. vgm

comments powered by Disqus

From Our Experts

Seat Elevation Congressional Sign-On Letter Sent to CMS thumbnail Seat Elevation Congressional Sign-On Letter Sent to CMS Early in October, we asked for your assistance to call your representatives and ask them to sign on to the CRT Congressional letter to CMS. The letter was sent to CMS with 77 signatures on October 6, 2021. HME Woman of the Year Nominations Now Open thumbnail HME Woman of the Year Nominations Now Open Nominations for the 2021 HME Woman of the Year Award are being accepted through Oct. 22. House Signatures Needed for CRT Congressional Letter to CMS thumbnail House Signatures Needed for CRT Congressional Letter to CMS NCART and U.S. Rehab have been working with the ITEM Coalition to secure Medicare coverage for Seat Elevation and Standing Systems used with Complex Rehab Technology (CRT) power wheelchairs. To encourage CMS to prioritize the request and proceed to the next step in the review process, a bipartisan Congressional sign-on letter is being circulated in the House of Representatives. Member Spotlight: Katie Stevens, CEO of Reliable Medical Supply thumbnail Member Spotlight: Katie Stevens, CEO of Reliable Medical Supply We recently had the opportunity to chat with Katie about her experience in the CRT industry. Heartland Session Sneak Peek: Telehealth in CRT thumbnail Heartland Session Sneak Peek: Telehealth in CRT There's a lot in store for our community of rehab professionals, and we can't wait to see you in person at the Heartland Conference. Read more about this can't-miss session that will provide insight into the ever-changing telehealth landscape. CMS Announces: Manual Wheel Chair Accessories are Permanently Exempt from the Competitive Bidding Program thumbnail CMS Announces: Manual Wheel Chair Accessories are Permanently Exempt from the Competitive Bidding Program CMS announced today that manual wheelchair accessories will be permanently exempt from future competitive bidding programs. U.S. Rehab Tech Training at Heartland Addresses All Levels of Experience thumbnail U.S. Rehab Tech Training at Heartland Addresses All Levels of Experience Complex rehab providers attending VGM's 20th Heartland Conference will have the opportunity to increase their expertise in repairing and programming complex rehab wheelchairs as part of U.S. Rehab's Tech Training. CMS Announces 90-Day Extension For CRT Manual Wheelchair Accessories thumbnail CMS Announces 90-Day Extension For CRT Manual Wheelchair Accessories CMS announced a 90-day extension of the suspension of the application of Medicare Competitive Bidding Program pricing to CRT manual wheelchair accessories. The current policy will stay in place through October 1 and there will not be any payment cuts or claims processing changes.