CMS addresses Scooter Store repair issues

Thursday, January 16, 2014

BALTIMORE – Medicare can pay for repairs to capped rental DME provided by The Scooter Store and transferred to beneficiaries on Oct. 24, 2013, according to a bulletin from CMS.

Medicare can pay for the repairs performed on or after that date, so long as contractors deem the repairs reasonable, necessary and in accordance with Medicare regulations, CMS states.

Industry stakeholders have been calling on CMS to address repair issues in the wake of The Scooter Store closing its doors in September.

To date, providers have had their hands tied: They couldn’t bill Medicare for repairs if equipment provided by The Scooter Store was still in the capped rental cycle.