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.
I doubt it. Those are pretty well legit and do save everyone involved money. It would basically be the same as a mail order pharmaceutical company. Some stuff in the way of medical supplies is easier to order on line. My wife orders ostomy supplies from a company we've doing business with over 25 years. We know the owner.
When she needs a wheelchair we do go to a reputable dealer. If you don't it can literally cost tens of thousands of dollars more in medical bills. We short cutted on a motorized wheelchair to try and hold down Medicare cost. One pressure sore caused by the wheelchair ate the cost difference up real fast then some.
Really anyone needing a wheelchair or a scooter for that matter should be professionally fitted for one by a Physical Therapist and let the therapist coordinate through your doctor & the dealer your needs. Wheelchairs should be built custom for the patient. My wife got a new chair about two years ago a Permobil motorized chair with a tilt back seat. The therapist and dealer told her it would likely last 20 years plus it was cheaper. She's 62. She got over ten years use out of a Jazzy. Most motorized wheelchairs 7 years is usually it as far as repair vs replacement cost.
Medicare/Medicaid should have been watching The Scooter Store closer. Any Medicare/Medicaid wheelchair even a manual one should be prescription only.
Most doctors have better things to do with their time than writing out mounds of paperwork required to justify the purchase. This is true even with doctors working at spinal rehab centers but they do it for patient necessity. I'm guessing Scooter Store may have had their own doctors perhaps?