171 HCPCS Wheelchair Codes Become Subject to Competitive Bidding on January 1, 2016

convaid canopy 2015

Complex rehab technologies (CRT) was excluded from a spending bill that could have protected funding for wheelchair accessories, such as the Trekker canopy pictured above. Text for the bill that is up for vote this week was revealed on December 15, 2015, with the wheelchair language missing despite massive efforts by industry stakeholders to have it included.  The impact is that 171 HCPCS codes for wheelchair accessories will become subject to competitive bidding in 2016, strong-arming manufacturers to reduce costs as high as 30-40 percent.

 

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