And here I thought that Scooter Libby had a store.
I wonder how many chairs the U.S. Taxpayer has purchased? Also, this company must not be donors to 0bama.
sounds like the company had a bunch of lazy entitled types working for them. “I can’t find another job here that paid like Scooter Store” and “why should I be on call like a doctor?”
jeez ladies, move on, go out and seek your fortunes, no one owes you a living.
When Medicare stopped paying for them, this is what happens.
Of course why were taxpayers paying for these in the first place?
They had a TV ad for a while that pretty much guaranteed if you would just call them they could get you a scooter if you had Medicare or Medicaid. No mention of needing a Dr. to say you needed one or anything like that. Those scooters are pretty pricy; but when my brother needed one last year he found a nice one on Craigslist for next to nothing- the people told him they got it for “free” so they likely didn’t even have any idea what it cost the taxpayers.
I have a problem with people who rely on government. I have a bigger problem with businesses that rely on government.
What exactly does a business do when it can't get enough income from tax dollars? They certainly do not know how to be competitive in the free market, so it must they must turn to fraud, graft or corruption.
I’ve been seeing these commercials for years and always suspected there was a lot fraud involved. People wanting scooters not because they needed they, but ‘cause they were “free”. And the Scooter Store is all too happy to help.
Their advertising sucked, and I am sure we bought a lot of them with tax money, but a lot of people are going to miss them when they are gone.
just wait, all the companies that advertise on tv for respiratory meds/supplies and diabetic meds/supplies will be the next ones to have the feds arrive at the door.
a neighbor got one of those scooters, the next month he had a massive coronary hear attack and passed away. the family got the bill and refused to pay it. the house and all his possessions are just sitting there, no heat, water or electricity, mail piling up and the scooter is still in the garage. taxes unpaid too.
Not that they didn't have hc providers who served as accomplices. Their systematic policies and procedures in clear violation of standards and practices established for contracting with CMS as a DME provider came from the top from the outset of their operations. And they, along with dubious immigrant opportunists, sullied and spurred consolidation of an industry once rife with small and medium businesses in the process.
That it took so long to move on this when evidence of their malfeasance was abundant, ought to cause people to ask a lot of questions. Especially of CMS and their various administrative agencies (there were three over this timeframe in just one jurisdiction in which they contracted), who were positioned to scrutinize every single claim before payout, many of which were flagged for audit. How I know that is a long story, but I knew what the provider guidelines and standards were and watched them systematically violate most of them.
I used to work for a supposed "Christian" home health care agency in central Indiana. I won't name it here (but I will FreepMail anyone with the name if they want to know) but they got an extra $120,000 one year and said it was a "blessing from God." The company president pocketed $100,000 of it and gave the rest to someone else I won't name here.
Turns out it was a Medicare/Medicaid billing error. When the US Government came asking for it back, instead of those two giving it back, they made the company take it out of it's earnings. Some employees were let go/fired/terminated because they knew the company president committed fraud/theft, confronted him/her on it, and they wouldn't own up to it. I was fired a few months later because I found out about it.
I think most folks would rather be able to walk around normally under their own strength.
The fraud estimates for Medicare and Medicaid are both around $100 billion per year now, and that includes a hell of a lot more than scooters. Every aspect of those programs has been, is being defrauded, and the most guilty are those billing for services not needed or even rendered, and for some who are creating fraudulent paperwork to obtain scooters and a vast array of other medical products that won't really be used as stated on paperwork.
Sure, The Scooter Store tries to create a demand for their product through ads (ever seen any ads for drugs, people?), but I doubt many people who don't need them are applying for them just so they can ride around on one. I think most would prefer to walk normally.
The Scooter Store just exploited a Medicare loophole to steal taxpayer dollars. Without Medicare corruption, they would not exist. Good riddance.
You can get your scooter “AT no cost to you”...
that is right because I pay for it...
why are my tax dollars paying for a 3000 dollar wheelchair?
Get a scooter at little to no cost to you.
Mediscare abuse? probably.
Medicare/Medicaid fraud is the cause, no?