N.C. provider gets jail sentence, fines for scam

Sunday, June 30, 2002

GREENVILLE, N.C. - A federal court here has sentenced Scott John Thompson of North Carolina Mobility to 13 months in jail and three years of probation for using the mail to defraud insurers, the U.S. Attorney's Office reports. Thompson was also ordered to pay restitution to Medicare ($163,000), Medicaid ($12,909) and Blue Cross/ Blue Shield of North Carolina ($24,090). Thompson, 44, reportedly sold elderly beneficiaries motorized scooters but billed insurers for motorized wheelchairs. As part of his plea agreement, Thompson has agreed not to participate in federal healthcare programs.

South Bay adds rehab

TORRENCE, Calif. - South Bay Home Health Care has added a rehab department comprised of a certified rehab technology specialist (RTS) and an occupational therapist (OT) to its roster. Owner Joseph Tenne said the new department offers the full gamut of rehab equipment. "Before we didn't want to bother with rehab," he said. "But we've realized it's always a part of DME. When people come in here for DME, we don't want them to go elsewhere for rehab." South Bay, which operates out of a 10,000-square-foot store complete with 4,000-square-foot showroom, services multiple counties in southern California, including Los Angeles, Orange, San Bernardino and Ventura.

NSM restructures offices

PHILADELPHIA - National Seating & Mobility (NSM) has merged its offices in Broomall, Pa., and Hatboro, Pa., into its office in Huntingdon Valley, Pa., and its satellite in Lancaster, Pa. The company says the restructuring better serves clients by expanding its coverage area. From Huntingdon and Lancaster, NSM will service Southeastern and central Pennsylvania, central and southern New Jersey and all of Delaware. Six certified rehabilitation technology specialists (RTSs) will practice from there.