Scooter Store begs to differ

Saturday, December 31, 2005

WASHINGTON - Not everyone has a bone to pick with CMS's proposed quality standards. The Scooter Store submitted comments in late November that support the standards and even recommend the agency strengthen them.
The Scooter Store, which is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Health Care (ACHC), gave a thumbs up to a long list of requirements outlined in the standards, including internal compliance programs, internal auditing and monitoring and enhanced home assessments.
"Unfortunately, the integrity of dedicated power mobility suppliers has been under attack for several years because of fraud and abuse perpetrated by a few crooks posing as honest DME suppliers," said President Mike Pfister in a statement. "A new level of standards should give the government confidence that the power mobility benefit will be reliably provided to needy and qualified beneficiaries."
The Scooter Store plans to adopt the standards by April 1, 2006, even though they won't be adopted until CMS kicks off national competitive bidding in 10 cities in 2007.
Still, other industry players continue to reject at least some of the requirements outlined in the standards. American Medical Technologies submitted comments that oppose the standards on the grounds that they "interject another level of bureaucratic protocols on top of the stringent ones already in place." Protocols already in place include the national and local coverage determinations, as well as standards from the National Supplier Clearinghouse.