2017 - 2018 LEGISLATURE
August 3, 2017 - Introduced by Senators Vukmir, Testin, Petrowski and Vinehout,
cosponsored by Representatives
Jagler, Kleefisch, Ballweg, Kuglitsch,
Ott, Sanfelippo and Wichgers. Referred to Committee on Health and Human
1An Act to create
49.45 (9r) and 49.46 (2) (b) 6. dm. of the statutes;
2complex rehabilitation technology for complex needs patients in the Medical
3Assistance program and requiring the exercise of rule-making authority.
Analysis by the Legislative Reference Bureau
This bill requires the Department of Health Services to establish rules and
policies for access to complex rehabilitation technology by complex needs patients
who are recipients of Medical Assistance. Under the bill, a “complex needs patient”
is an individual with a diagnosis or medical condition that results in significant
physical impairment or functional limitation, and “complex rehabilitation
technology” means items classified within Medicare as durable medical equipment
that are individually configured for individuals to meet their specific and unique
medical, physical, and functional needs and capacities for basic activities of daily
living and instrumental activities of daily living identified as medically necessary.
The bill requires the department to include in its rules certain provisions including,
among other things: designation of billing codes as complex rehabilitation
technology; establishment of specific supplier standards for companies and entities
that provide complex rehabilitation technology and limiting reimbursement only to
suppliers that are qualified complex rehabilitation technology suppliers;
establishment and maintenance of payment rates for complex rehabilitation
technology that are adequate to ensure complex needs patients have access to
complex rehabilitation technology; and a requirement for contracts with the
department that managed care plans providing services to Medical Assistance
recipients comply with the rules promulgated by the department. Finally, the bill
specifies that complex rehabilitation technology, as defined in the bill, is a benefit
under the Medical Assistance program.
For further information see the state fiscal estimate, which will be printed as
an appendix to this bill.
The people of the state of Wisconsin, represented in senate and assembly, do
enact as follows:
49.45 (9r) of the statutes is created to read:
49.45 (9r) Complex rehabilitation technology.
(a) In this subsection:
1. “Complex needs patient" means an individual with a diagnosis or medical 4
condition that results in significant physical impairment or functional limitation.
2. “Complex rehabilitation technology" means items classified within Medicare 6
as durable medical equipment that are individually configured for individuals to 7
meet their specific and unique medical, physical, and functional needs and capacities 8
for basic activities of daily living and instrumental activities of daily living identified 9
as medically necessary.
3. “Individually configured" means having a combination of sizes, features, 11
adjustments, or modifications that a qualified complex rehabilitation technology 12
supplier can customize to the specific individual by measuring, fitting, 13
programming, adjusting, or adapting as appropriate so that the device operates in 14
accordance with an assessment or evaluation of the individual by a qualified health 15
care professional and is consistent with the individual's medical condition, physical 16
and functional needs and capacities, body size, period of need, and intended use.
4. “Medicare" means coverage under Part A or Part B of Title XVIII of the 18
federal social security act, 42 USC 1395
5. “Qualified complex rehabilitation technology professional" means an 2
individual who is certified as an assistive technology professional by the 3
Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America.
6. “Qualified complex rehabilitation technology supplier" means a company or 5
entity that meets all of the following criteria:
a. Is accredited by a recognized accrediting organization as a supplier of 7
complex rehabilitation technology.
b. Is an enrolled supplier for purposes of Medicare reimbursement that meets 9
the supplier and quality standards established for durable medical equipment 10
suppliers, including those for complex rehabilitation technology under Medicare.
c. Is an employer of at least one qualified complex rehabilitation technology 12
professional to analyze the needs and capacities of the complex needs patient in 13
consultation with qualified health care professionals, to participate in the selection 14
of appropriate complex rehabilitation technology for those needs and capacities of 15
the complex needs patient, and to provide training in the proper use of the complex 16
d. Requires a qualified complex rehabilitation technology professional to be 18
physically present for the evaluation and determination of appropriate complex 19
rehabilitation technology for a complex needs patient.
e. Has the capability to provide service and repair by qualified technicians for 21
all complex rehabilitation technology it sells.
f. Provides written information at the time of delivery of the complex 23
rehabilitation technology to the complex needs patient stating how the complex 24
needs patient may receive service and repair for the complex rehabilitation 25
7. “Qualified health care professional" means any of the following:
a. A physician or physician assistant licensed under subch. II of ch. 448.
b. A physical therapist licensed under subch. III of ch. 448.
c. An occupational therapist licensed under subch VII of ch. 448.
(b) The department shall promulgate rules and other policies for use of complex 6
rehabilitation technology by recipients of Medical Assistance. The department shall 7
include in the rules all of the following:
1. Designation of billing codes as complex rehabilitation technology including 9
creation of new billing codes or modification of existing billing codes. The 10
department shall include provisions allowing quarterly updates to the designations 11
under this subdivision.
2. Establishment of specific supplier standards for companies or entities that 13
provide complex rehabilitation technology and limiting reimbursement only to 14
suppliers that are qualified complex rehabilitation technology suppliers.
3. A requirement that Medical Assistance recipients who need a manual 16
wheelchair, power wheelchair, or other seating component to be evaluated by all of 17
a. A qualified health care professional who does not have a financial 19
relationship with a qualified complex rehabilitation technology supplier.
b. A qualified complex rehabilitation technology professional.
4. Establishment and maintenance of payment rates for complex rehabilitation 22
technology that are adequate to ensure complex needs patients have access to 23
complex rehabilitation technology, taking into account the significant resources, 24
infrastructure, and staff needed to appropriately provide complex rehabilitation 25
technology to meet the unique needs of complex needs patients.
5. A requirement for contracts with the department that managed care plans 2
providing services to Medical Assistance recipients comply with this subsection and 3
the rules promulgated under this subsection.
6. Protection of access to complex rehabilitation technology for complex needs 5
49.46 (2) (b) 6. dm. of the statutes is created to read:
(b) 6. dm. Durable medical equipment that is considered complex 8
rehabilitation technology, subject to the requirements under s. 49.45 (9r).
) The department of health services shall submit in proposed form the 11
rules required under section 49.45 (9r) of the statutes, including the rules described 12
under paragraph (b), to the legislative council staff under section 227.15 (1) of the 13
statutes no later than the first day of the 7th month beginning after the effective date 14
of this paragraph.
(b) The department of health services shall include in the proposed rules 16
submitted under paragraph (a) rules that designate all of the following healthcare 17
common procedure code system codes, which are used in the federal Medicare 18
program, as complex rehabilitation technology for the Medical Assistance program:
1. Pure complex rehabilitation technology codes of E0637, E0638, E0641, 20
E0642, E0986, E1002, E1003, E1004, E1005, E1006, E1007, E1008, E1009, E1010, 21
E1011, E1012, E1014, E1037, E1161, E1220, E1228, E1229, E1231, E1232, E1233, 22
E1234, E1235, E1236, E1237, E1238, E1239, E2209, E2291, E2292, E2293, E2294, 23
E2295, E2300, E2301, E2310, E2311, E2312, E2313, E2321, E2322, E2323, E2324, 24
E2325, E2326, E2327, E2328, E2329, E2330, E2331, E2351, E2373, E2374, E2376, 25
E2377, E2609, E2610, E2617, E8000, E8001, E8002, K0005, K0835, K0836, K0837,
K0838, K0839, K0840, K0841, K0842, K0843, K0848, K0849, K0850, K0851, K0852, 2
K0853, K0854, K0855, K0856, K0857, K0858, K0859, K0860, K0861, K0862, K0863, 3
K0864, K0868, K0869, K0870, K0871, K0877, K0878, K0879, K0880, K0884, K0885, 4
K0886, K0890, K0891, and K0898.
2. Mixed complex rehabilitation technology product and standard mobility and 6
accessory product codes of E0950, E0951, E0952, E0955, E0956, E0957, E0958, 7
E0960, E0967, E0978, E0990, E0995, E1015, E1016, E1028, E1029, E1030, E2205, 8
E2208, E2231, E2368, E2369, E2370, E2605, E2606, E2607, E2608, E2613, E2614, 9
E2615, E2616, E2620, E2621, E2624, E2625, K0004, K0006, K0007, K0008, K0009, 10
K0040, K0108, and K0669.
(c) The department shall in the proposed rules exempt the codes listed in 12
paragraph (b) from any bidding or selective contracting requirements.