Pushin' On: UAB Spinal Cord Injury Model System Digital Newsletter Volume 37 | Number 2
VOL 37 | NUM 2
UAB Spinal Cord Injury Model System Digital Newsletter
The University of Alabama at
Birmingham Spinal Cord Injury
Model System (UAB-SCIMS) provides
Pushin’ On twice annually as an
informational resource for people
with spinal cord injury (SCI).
UAB-SCIMS Program Director:
Amie B McLain, MD
Pushin’ On Editor: Phil Klebine, MA
529 Spain Rehabilitation Center
1717 6th Avenue South
Birmingham, AL 35233-7330
The contents of this
developed under a
grant from the National Institute on Disability,
Independent Living, and Rehabilitation
Research (NIDILRR grant number 90SI5019).
NIDILRR is a Center within the Administration
for Community Living (ACL), Department
of Health and Human Services (HHS).
The contents of this publication do not
necessarily represent the policy of NIDILRR,
ACL, HHS, and you should not assume
endorsement by the Federal Government.
©2019 University of Alabama Board of Trustees. The
University of Alabama at Birmingham provides equal
opportunity in education and employment.
UPDATE: In the last issue, the University of Alabama at Birmingham
Spinal Cord Injury Model System (UAB-SCIMS) asked readers to
support legislation that set permanent standards for manual wheelchair
Complex Rehab Technology (CRT). This legislation would allow CRT
for manual wheelchairs to be classified the same as power wheelchairs
and deem it a medical necessity to individually configure wheelchair
systems, adaptive seating systems, alternative positioning systems,
and other mobility devices that require evaluation, fitting, configuration,
adjustment or programming. In December, the President signed into
law a bill that included provisions that permanently protect CRT from
the Medicare Competitive Bidding Program and stop Medicare from
inappropriately applying Competitively Bid rates to CRT. What does this
mean? It means that insurance companies can no longer apply a 1-size-
fits-all standard for wheelchair components and accessories.
Thanks to all who supported this legislation. Visit access2crt.org to get
CRT information, resources and tools. - Phil Klebine, Editor
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SciTrials.org is a new online community for people with spinal cord
injury (SCI) to find out about clinical trials that are relevant to them and
apply to them..
• Search via location, injury details, therapies and outcomes
• Receive email updates on new trials of interest to them
• Find answers for the most common questions about trials
• Have the clinical information distilled into everyday language
• Applying quickly and directly to the trials in the web site
SciTrials.org also allows Investigators to register their projects and
increase recruitment requests for their respective trials. It is also a
source of reliable and easily accessible information for all clinicians in
the field of SCI.