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Importance of IT and accessibility


WASHINGTON – Bill Peterson, RESNA’s 2020 Colin McLaurin Lecturer, has spent most of his career working with government agencies to standardize testing for IT for accessibility. He worked for the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR) and the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Accessible Systems and Technology (DHS OAST), and became a RESNA Fellow in 2006. HME News spoke to Peterson about what drives him and his legacy.

Rehab roundup: Data gathering and advocating


YARMOUTH, Maine – The new CRT Remote Services Consortium has launched two surveys – one for clinicians, and one for suppliers and manufacturers – to collect information about how they’re using telehealth and remote services, respectively.

Complex rehab stakeholders prep request, form consortium


WASHINGTON – Complex rehab stakeholders have taken steps to advance key initiatives related to power seat elevation and power standing systems, and telehealth and remote services.

Awareness week spotlights complex rehab, accessories


WASHINGTON – More than 65 organizations and thousands of individuals participated in National CRT Awareness Week Aug. 10-14.

BraunAbility report card reveals low satisfaction with ADA


INDIANAPOLIS – People with mobility disabilities say the Americans with Disabilities Act isn’t very effective most of the time, according to the new BraunAbility Drive for Inclusion Report Card. 

Industry champions spearhead CRT sign-on letter


WASHINGTON – Reps. John Larson, D-Conn., and Lee Zeldin, R-N.Y., are circulating a sign-on letter asking CMS to permanently exempt accessories for complex rehab manual wheelchairs from competitive bidding pricing.

Q&A: Barry Steelman on how to market with intention


MURFREESBORO, Tenn. – Most providers get into the industry because they know someone who has a disability, but they may not understand the importance of branding, social media and marketing, says Barry Steelman, who recently hung out his shingle as owner/creative force of Steelman Marketing.

Accessories: Time to follow up, stakeholders say


WASHINGTON – Complex rehab stakeholders are working with their champions in Congress to craft a letter asking CMS to permanently change its payment policy on accessories for complex rehab manual wheelchairs.

Challenging fall awaits complex rehab providers


YARMOUTH, Maine – Complex rehab providers could see a downturn in revenues in late summer, early fall, says Don Clayback.

NSM strengthens presence in British Columbia


NASHVILLE, Tenn. – National Seating & Mobility has acquired PG Surg Med, a regional mobility provider with locations in Prince George, Kelowna, Kamloops and Vernon, British Columbia.