Tuesday, September 30, 2003

Wheelchair scam earns man 63 months in jail

DETROIT - A man was sentenced in August to 63 months in federal prison for a plot to sell unneeded wheelchairs to hundreds of senior citizens, according to the U.S. Attorney’s office. Hussein Amr, owner and president of United States Medical Supply, was convicted in February on 22 felony counts of federal health care fraud, mail fraud, illegal kickback and money laundering charges. In addition to the prison time, Amr, 46, also was ordered to repay more than $1 million he acquired illegally. Among other things, Amr fraudulently induced patients to buy power wheelchairs - priced between $3,000 and $6,000 - that many of them did not want or could not use, said the U.S. Attorney’s office.
NRRTS recruits former members
LARGO VISTA, Texas - As part of its 10th anniversary celebration, NRRTS is offering former members a one-time chance to come back to the organization by submitting a renewal application that’s “less expensive” and “not as cumbersome.” Members who left NRRTS for reasons other than violations of the organization’s “code of ethics” or “standards of practice” have until the end of this year to renew to their membership under the new application, according to Dan Lipka, president of NRRTS. About 150 rehab providers have asked to renew their memberships with the new application, said Judy Vance, NRRTS administrator. So far, she’s received about 40 completed applications.
Black Bear moves into big new location
BANGOR, Maine - Black Bear Medical expected to move into a new 6,000-square-foot location this month to accommodate its booming rehab business, which has grown 20% a year for the past four years. The new location will be about twice as big as the company’s old location and HIPAA compliant from day one, said co-owner Jim Greatorex. Among its features: a loading dock; a showroom with customer-service center; an elevator for second story storage; a service department for its accessibility business, which installs ramps in home and vans.