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Urgent Action Needed!

CRT Stakeholders and Friends,

NCART recently shared national survey data that indicated suppliers have implemented significant reductions in the provision of critical components (accessories) used with Complex Rehab manual wheelchairs to Medicare beneficiaries (see here).

Additionally the Clinician Task Force, a national group comprised of physical and occupational therapists, conducted an independent survey of clinicians from across the country that provided patient-specific access issues related to the ongoing cuts (see here).

These survey results further emphasize the need for Congress to pass H.R. 3730 and S. 486 to stop CMS from continuing to inappropriately apply Competitive Bid Program pricing to components of Complex Rehab manual wheelchairs.

Your Members of Congress need this new data before the end of September, even if they have already signed on to the bills. Take three minutes to visit www.protectmymobility.org and click on the "Send the Email" link. Supply your information and an email will be sent to...
New criteria for approved applicants

New criteria for approved applicants

The NRRTS Board has approved the following for NRRTS Applicants:

Effective immediately, NRRTS will designate an approved applicant as CRTS® if the following criteria is met:

a.The applicant has a minimum of 3 years continuous employment with a CRT Provider and is involved directly with consumer service delivery
b.The applicant has a minimum of 3 years continuous ATP certification in good standing

For any current NRRTS RRTS® who meets this criteria, their designation will become CRTS® at their next renewal.
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Michelle L. Lange and Jean Minkel design new text to help meet dependent and independent mobility needs

Michelle L. Lange and Jean Minkel design new text to help meet dependent and independent mobility needs


Michelle L. Lange and Jean Minkel have designed a text to support occupational and physical therapists, complex rehabilitation technology suppliers, and even third-party payers who are interested in wheelchair seating and mobility assessment and applications. Seating and Wheeled Mobility provides a wide spectrum of information from foundational information for those practitioners who are new to the field to in-depth, population-specific information for practitioners who perhaps have not worked with a particular population in the past.

The book, Seating and Wheeled Mobility: A Clinical Resource Guide presents clinical assessment considerations when working with a person with a disability who may need wheelchair seating for postural support, skin integrity, or a wheelchair base to best meet dependent or independent mobility needs.

Information sharing, opportunities for demonstration and trial, and patience on the part of the clinician working with the person with a disability are all critical precursors to the actual process of making equipment recommendations.

Seating and Wheeled Mobility is divided...
Small Business Council of America Honors Molly and Jeramy Hale with its Humanitarian of the Year

Small Business Council of America Honors Molly and Jeramy Hale with its Humanitarian of the Year

Small Business Council of America Honors Molly and Jeramy Hale with its Humanitarian of the Year WASHINGTON, D.C. (May 11, 2018) – The Small Business Council of America (SBCA), a national nonprofit organization which represents the interests of more than 100,000 privately-held and family-owned organizations on Federal tax, employee benefit and health care matters, presented its awards at the 35th SBCA Annual Congressional Awards reception in Washington, D.C. on May 9, 2018.

The SBCA’s Humanitarian of the Year Award was presented to Molly and Jeramy Hale of Penn Valley, California, in recognition of their work as co-owners of Ability Production, Inc. Ability Production, Inc is a spinal cord injury design and consulting nonprofit founded in 2004 which provides services, information and resources for individuals managing spinal cord injuries.

“After Molly was seriously injured in a car accident, she and Jeramy not only found...

Deadline to act is May 25th!

Deadline to act is May 25th!

Representatives Bob Latta (R-OH) and Bill Johnson (R-OH) are circulating a House of Representatives letter that will be sent to CMS Administrator Verma to protect access to Complex Rehab Technology (CRT). The letter formally informs CMS that Congress did not intend for DME Competitive Bid payment rates to be applied to CRT items as part of the 21st Century Cures Act legislation.

Our task is to strengthen their message by getting additional Representatives to sign-on to the letter. We have until noon next Friday, May 25th to get those signatures and need your help.

Here's what you can do: Click here to send an email to your Representative asking them to follow the instructions included to add their signature and help protect access to CRT. All you need to do is enter your information and click send. A copy of the instruction ...

Outstanding contributions to NRRTS are recognized during the 2018 National Leadership & Advocacy Conference

Outstanding contributions to NRRTS are recognized during the 2018 National Leadership & Advocacy Conference


The NRRTS Board of Directors recognized certain individuals who have contributed to the advancement of CRT through leadership, advocacy or distinguished service. The awards were presented on April 26th during the 2018 National CRT Leadership and Advocacy Conference held in Washington, D.C.

John Zona, ATP/SMS is the 2018 Simon Margolis Fellow. John has been a longtime NRRTS Board member including serving as President.

John committed his time, resources and intellectual expertise in order to advance the promise of Complex Rehab Technology. His involvement with NRRTS, NCART and other professional associations bear tribute to his passion and commitment.

This award is named after Simon Margolis who set a high standard for dedication and involvement in the provision of Complex Rehab Technology. He was passionate about the people who rely on CRT. Consumer protection was his motivation for creating NRRTS. This highest of NRRTS’ awards is given in his memory.

Last year, Gerry Dickerson, ATP, CRTS and Michele...
National CRT‐Focused Conference Provides Targeted Education and Advocacy

National CRT‐Focused Conference Provides Targeted Education and Advocacy


CRT Access Message Personally Delivered to 240 Members of Congress

East Amherst, New York

Over 160 Complex Rehab Technology (CRT) stakeholders from across the country came together at the 2018 National CRT Leadership and Advocacy Conference on April 25 and 26 in Arlington, Virginia. The theme of the conference was protecting access to CRT for people with disabilities who depend on it to manage their medical needs, minimize their healthcare costs, and maximize their independence.

This annual conference is a partnership of the National Coalition for Assistive and Rehab Technology (NCART) and the National Registry of Rehabilitation Technology Suppliers (NRRTS). The event brings CRT stakeholders together in one place for high value education, networking, and advocacy focused on taking the CRT access message directly to Members of Congress in Washington, D.C.

The 160 attendees represented all sectors of the CRT community. That included providers, manufacturers, consumers...
NRRTS Awards Program

NRRTS Awards Program

The NRRTS Board of Directors wish to recognize certain individuals and groups who have contributed to the advancement of CRT through leadership, advocacy or distinguished service. Nominations are being accepted for the categories listed below. Nominations must be emailed by midnight, February 28, 2018, to wwalker@nrrts.org. A select committee will determine the recipients.

Awards will be presented at the 2018 NRRTS/NCART CRT Conference in Washington, DC, April 25, 2018.


There are four award categories.

Leadership Award
Award Requirements:
Nominee can be a group, association, company or agency Letter of nomination should include details of significant advancement of NRRTS
Describe the professional and/or clinical impact on service delivery of Rehab Technology

Distinguished Service Award
Award Requirements:
Nominee must be a NRRTS Registrant or FON for a minimum of three years
The letter of nomination must detail the distinguished service to NRRTS, accomplishments and impact of participation to...
NRRTS Announces Amnesty Program

NRRTS Announces Amnesty Program

Don't miss out! Deadline has been extended to June 30, 2018!

The NRRTS Board of Directors has approved an Amnesty Program for awarding the CRTS® designation to new or current Registrants who meet the following criteria:

  • Registrant or Applicant must have documented minimum of three years of experience providing direct service to CRT Consumers
  • Be an ATP in good standing for minimum of three years at time of application
  • Complete the Application for Registry or Renewal to the satisfaction of the Review Chair within the timeframe

    For more information contact Weesie Walker at wwalker@nrrts.org