Priorities of Work
Our mission is to provide clinical based expertise to inform and promote public policy, best practices, and positive outcomes regarding people with disabilities who require Complex Rehab Technology (CRT) products and related services.
With the Mission in mind, the CTF has established four work groups. Each work group has an executive board member who oversees the group and tracks the projects within that group. Each member is required to join at least one work group and must be willing to offer five volunteer hours within a year. Anything beyond five hours is eligible for compensation. Hours are tracked digitally by the executive board member managing that group.
1. Federal legislation - CRT, MWC accessories, separate benefit category (SBC) -
a. Develop a mechanism to actively engage clinicians and their consumers to advocate for CRT bills by developing consumer-focused education tools, clinician-focused tools, and networking - to include video, presentations, or other mechanisms, email/social media for networking etc. i. Support a clinician to attend and present at Abilities Expos ii. Develop 2-3 short videos to engage consumers on a broad scale that can be shared on social media and through various organizations iii. Develop a method to track the impact of these projects for CRT Advocacy and determine the outcomes b. Develop a network of engaging members to follow up with Members of Congress on times of big pushes and track those responses c. Executive Director to serve on SBC Steering Committee d. Active participation in Hill days (CRT Conference and Roll on Capitol Hill)
2. Medicare- coverage for standing/elevate, cushions/backs, or other unique materials and features that exceed the existing code requirements and which answer specific medical needs.
a. Develop work group to work to begin collecting outcomes laying ground work for grant proposal- as needed b. Work on thorough research paper on standing topic and coordinate with RESNA to update standing position paper c. Coordinate efforts with ITEM Coalition to provide needed resources on seat elevation and standing to CMS
3. Medicaid -
a. Managed care, restricted coverage or reduced access.
1. Clinical Medicaid Advocates by State - MCO developing in each state - Assist with the NCART to promote use of tool to collect issues in each state 2. Identify at least one clinician to be the CTF contact within each state to represent the clinical voice for key initiatives in their state and provide letters, attend meetings, educate as needed and develop ways to coordinate information for future use as other states have issues. 3. Work with states using outside consultants to provide CTF resources and education and support
Traditional Medicaid: Use membership database to access clinicians in states that have CTF focused issues and help partner with state chapters of APTA an AOTA to address state issues that are in line with Mission.
4. SWM clinician issues- training, education of novice therapists in various areas of practice to help get consumers in right product and enhance the education provided in the Universities of PT and OT programs. This group will meet with ISWP to determine if collaboration would move our efforts along more effectively and efficiently. This group will coordinate article for "Directions" magazine by NRRTS.