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CMS on PMD demo: Denials increase, spending drops


WASHINGTON – Stakeholders say CMS’s recent update on the PMD demo doesn’t paint the whole picture.

Update on PMD demo: Spending drops 50%


BALTIMORE – Spending on power mobility devices (PMDs) has taken a nosedive ever since CMS implemented a demonstration project that requires providers to submit prior authorization requests before supplying equipment.

Q&A: WIP your company into shape


ERIE, Pa. – As profit margins get tighter and competition heats up, providers need to focus on efficiencies, says Jim Noland, president of Presque Isle Medical Technologies.

Demo frustrates in Jurisdiction B


WASHINGTON – Sending in each power wheelchair prior authorization request to the DME MAC multiple times has added more than a month of wait time for patients, says provider Lu Ann Davis.

Former employees sue over stock plan


NEW BRAUNFELS, Texas – The Scooter Store founder Doug Harrison and others who managed the company’s employee stock ownership plan (ESOP) now face a lawsuit by former employees. 

The Scooter Store proposes 'aggressive' sale


NEW BRAUNFELS, Texas – The future of The Scooter Store is in the hands of prospective buyers now that it has filed for bankruptcy.

The Scooter Store files for bankruptcy

Provider plans to emerge with new sales model, distribution footprint

NEW BRAUNFELS, Texas – The Scooter Store announced today that it plans to sell substantially all of its assets under section 363 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code.

Promise of Senate bill energizes complex rehab efforts


WASHINGTON – Sen. Charles Shumer, D-N.Y., has agreed to introduce a Senate companion bill to create a separate benefit for complex rehab, Don Clayback, executive director of NCART, announced April 10.

Swedish investor buys Permobil


STOCKHOLM, Sweden – Permobil, a manufacturer of high-end power wheelchairs, has been acquired by Investor AB, a Swedish investment firm, according to multiple reports.

Scooter Store lawsuit: What are the odds?


NEW BRAUNFELS, Texas – If you’re a laid off employee suing The Scooter Store, you may want the company to turn things around, industry attorneys say.