Provider named in Watchdog column

Thursday, November 30, 2006

DALLAS - A Watchdog column in The Dallas Star-Telegram has called into question the business practices of Integrated Rehabilitation Systems in Irving, Texas. The column tells the story of Chase Belcher, a 12-year-old with muscular dystrophy who has been waiting for more than a year for Integrated to deliver his new wheelchair. Company Owner Erik Strader told the Star-Telegram he was waiting for Permobil to ship the chair. Permobil told the newspaper the only holdup was "an issue with (Strader's) account." Meanwhile, Medicaid told the newspaper that it paid Integrated $22,283 for the chair July 1 because the company "represented to us that the chair had been delivered." Permobil now plans to remeasure and reassess Belcher for a wheelchair and deliver it to him within two weeks.