Scooter Store cuts another 150 jobs

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Tuesday, February 12, 2013

NEW BRAUNFELS, Texas – The Scooter Store continues to trim its staff, laying off 150 employees last week.

The majority of those layoffs—about 100—are at the provider’s headquarters, according to an article in the Feb. 8 San Antonio Express-News. The Scooter Store blamed “fundamental changes” in CMS claims processing and reimbursement for the layoffs.

Perhaps the biggest change: On Sept. 1, CMS implemented a three-year demonstration project that requires durable medical equipment providers in seven states to get prior authorizations for power mobility devices.

Medicare changes were partially to blame in September, when the provider laid off 220 workers. At the time, The Scooter Store also cited reduced utilization as reasons for the cutbacks. The provider now employs approximately 1,800 people.

The Scooter Store has seen several personnel changes in the past year, including the departure of founder and CEO Doug Harrison. CEO Marty Landon has been at the helm since July 2012.

 

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