Medicare Requirement for Power Wheelchairs beginning April 1, 2008:
A Group 2 single power option or multiple power option PWC or any Group 3 must be provided by a supplier that employs a RESNA-certified Assistive Technology Supplier (ATP) who specializes in wheelchairs and who has direct, in-person involvement in the wheelchair selection for the patient.
Some examples (but not limited to) of client’s conditions that require and/or benefit from the expertise of an ATP are:
- Progressive Neurological Diseases
- Spinal Cord injury
- Skeletal Deformities
RESNA Policy on the Qualification of Assistive Technology Suppliers (ATP)
Certification of a service provider, in any field, is the process by which a nongovernmental agency or association validates an individual's qualifications and knowledge in a defined functional or clinical area.
RESNA, as an interdisciplinary association of people with a common interest in technology and disability, issues the credential Assistive Technology Professional (ATP).
The ATS certificate is issued to successful candidates who may present themselves to the public as service providers who are involved in the sale, including determination of consumer needs, and service of rehabilitation equipment, assistive technology and commercially available products and devices.
Why should a Supplier be RESNA certified (besides Medicare requiring it)?
The RESNA credentialing program was designed to provide anyone practicing in the area of Assistive Technology a basic knowledge of these technologies, and how they interface with each other to maximize the individual's function.
In order to accomplish this, professionals involved in the provision of AT services, specifically those addressing seating and mobility needs can further serve their clients and enhance the client's function by having a working knowledge of the Assistive Technology options that exist and understand how and when to refer them to other practitioners.
Earning a RESNA credential provides increased credibility to the provider as well as the industry as a whole. The ATP credentials also promote quality assurance for the consumer, instills pride in the service provider, while promoting a higher professional standard in the Assistive Technology service provision.