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People's needs must come first -- help people maintain their independence!

 

Medicare reimbursement waste and abuse often eliminates the choice for people with limited mobility. Click here to read testimonials from frustrated people who are unable to get the equipment they need. Do you have a story about Medicare reimbursement to share? Send your story to info@myamigo.com.

 

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August 22, 2011

 

Recently, Amigo Mobility was featured in The Saginaw News article Medicare-funded power wheelchairs create headache for Amigo Mobility.

 

Reporter Kathryn Lynch-Morin wrote “A new study released by the Office of the Inspector General shows hundreds of millions of Medicare dollars are wasted each year on medically unnecessary power wheelchairs."

 

‘The Scooter Store sold the beneficiaries expensive power wheelchairs that they did not want, need, and/or could not use,’ The Department of Justice wrote in 2007.

 

According to Medicare coverage guidelines, motorized wheelchairs should be prescribed as a last resort and are best for people with severe disabilities, as they require only slight motions of the hand to maneuver and have seats locked in place.

 

Medicare guidelines say mobility scooters, or power-operated vehicles, should be considered before a power wheelchair is prescribed. They are best suited for people who have mobility limitations but require help in order to participate in activities of daily living.”

 

"When a person is offered a more expensive product for free, they feel like they have to take it," Thieme said. "But people who can use POV's (power-operated vehicles) shouldn't be getting power wheelchairs."

 

Click here to read the complete article.

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