The National Coalition of Assistive Rehabilitation Technology is a group of suppliers and manufacturers of complex rehabilitation equipment working together to ensure individuals have adequate access to Complex Rehab Technology products and supporting services. The small but agile group at NCART possess diverse professional backgrounds allowing them to work collaboratively with all decision makers throughout the CRT equipment selection process. From consumers, to physicians, clinicians and federal/state policy makers, the group works to establish and protect coverage, coding, supplier standards and funding policies.
As a wheelchair user, we know that a proper fitting chair can literally grant us access to life altering opportunities, independence and freedom that could have at one point been just a dream; where as if that adjustment is off by an inch or a wheel falls off we are literally left lifeless. These often “small things” are overlooked, unseen and taken for granted by others.
NCART website features a nationwide listing of CRT suppliers listed by state should you be look for a qualified clinician to assist you with your equipment needs.
NCART is helping to lead the advocacy charge with policy makers as well. Within the Medicare billing structures, the complex rehab technology that allows people independence and freedom sits in the same category as Durable Medical Equipment (kidney machines, ventilators, home lifts etc). The group worked with members of the House creating bill HR 2408 to establish a separate benefit category for customized equipment in effort to protect access to equipment for users. Read more about the bill.