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Saginaw-based Amigo Mobility Competitor, The Scooter Store, Could Close After Medicare Fraud Investigation

Written by Katie Lynch-Morin for and The Saginaw News on April 3, 2013

BRIDGEPORT, MI — Less than two months after its Texas headquarters were raided, The Scooter Store could be closing its doors for good.

According to recent reports from CBS News and My San Antonio, The Scooter Store has informed employees that it soon could close its doors. The Scooter Store allegedly overcharged Medicare by more than $100 million, and sold beneficiaries expensive power wheelchairs that they did not want, need, and/or could not use, according to the Department of Justice.

Written by Katie Lynch-Morin for and The Saginaw News on February 20, 2013

BRIDGEPORT TOWNSHIP, MI — For many years, Bridgeport Township-based Amigo Mobility has been working to crack down on Medicare fraud.

The company's mobility scooters are only partially covered while larger, more expensive models — sometimes costing thousands of dollars more — from places like The Scooter Store are covered in full.

"Consumer Deception, Choice and Medicare," written by Ryan Sullivan, appeared in the December 2012 edition of Great Lakes Bay Business Magazine





If you want to read the laws and rules governing Medicare, the national health insurance program covering almost all adults in the United States older than 65, have your eyes checked. It’s a long read, and you need good eyes to spot a lot of the unintended consequences of the rules.


The popular program, started in 1965, covers nearly 50 million Americans – a number that will balloon with the baby boomers hitting retirement age in droves during the next 20 years. That’s why wringing every bit of savings and efficiency out of the program while maintaining quality care is key to making sure the program stays intact for future seniors and the disabled.


Cracking down on waste, fraud, and abuse within the Medicare system has taken center stage with the passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Durable medical equipment is an area of particular concern, especially in the wake of numerous schemes, for example, meant to trick beneficiaries into receiving “free” power wheelchairs when a much cheaper and more useful powered scooter would do. Who pays for these free chairs? You do.


Medicare covers Power Operated Vehicles (POVs) like the Amigo, as well as power wheelchairs, when a person lacks the ability to perform normal domestic, vocational, and social activities in their own homes. But power wheelchairs are much more expensive and complex devices that provide additional support for those with poor postural stability – a condition many disabled individuals do not have.


The Office of the Inspector General has been on the trail, finding that up to six out of 10 power wheelchairs are found to be medically unnecessary. Yet current Medicare reimbursement structures make it easier for beneficiaries to purchase a much more expensive power wheelchair – even though it often doesn’t best suit their daily needs and costs taxpayers much more. That drives up health care costs for everyone, while depressing the market for power scooters like those made by Bridgeport-based Amigo Mobility International, Inc.


Amigo Mobility's Jennifer Thieme Kehres was featured on a local news station last night to discuss wasteful Medicare spending in the mobility industry. Earlier this week, FBI agents raided the headquarters of The Scooter Store, a Texas based power wheelchair company. The Scooter Store is being investigated for allegations about false claims submitted to Medicare. The Office of the Inspector General found that The Scooter Store over-billed Medicare by $108 million from 2009-2012.


Jennifer Thieme Kehres of Amigo Mobility was recently featured on Fox Business for an interview with John Stossel about Government Healthcare Gone Wrong.


In the segment that aired December 15, Jean Csaposs demonstrated her Amigo POV/scooter that she has used for 33 years. “I can do amazing things with this scooter,” Csaposs said. “This, for me, is the only thing that I would ever want to have.”

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Friendly Wheels, Issue 121

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Carrie Rostollan, a longtime member of the Amigo family, recently visited our Bridgeport facility for the Amigo Mobility Center open house. She shared with us some of her upcoming summer plans and entertained us with her magic tricks! Discover more about Carrie's 'magical' adventures.

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Last summer Sister Karen Zielinski came to visit us at our headquarters in Bridgeport, Michigan. Sister Karen is a Sister of St. Francis of Sylvania, Ohio. Be sure to check out the Sisters' online store and learn more about Sister Karen.

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Friendly Wheels, Issue 119

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In this edition of Friendly Wheels, we get to meet Becky Jackett and learn a little bit about her story and how her Amigo helped her get home a week early from the hospital.

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