Scooter Store: Quality standards 'lack specificity'

Saturday, September 30, 2006

NEW BRAUNFELS, Texas - In an Aug. 25 statement from its CEO Doug Harrison, The Scooter Store expressed disappointment with CMS's final quality standards. Harrison said the standards "lacked the specificity and detail needed to ensure that Medicare beneficiaries receive quality equipment and service from suppliers of DME." Harrison pointed out that the final standards differ significantly from the draft standards proposed last year: They don't require that providers submit a compliance program, for example. "Hopefully lawmakers and the accrediting bodies will press CMS to explain why they have implemented a weaker set of standards," Harrison stated.