Developing story on the first-month purchase option


The rehab industry is working with Senate leaders on an alternative to a provision that would eliminate the first-month purchase option for power wheelchairs, making them 13-month capped rental items. As part of draft healthcare reform legislation, the provision has been approved by two House committees.

The alternative, according to industry sources, would preserve the first-month purchase option, but if a beneficiary doesn't use a power wheelchair for 13 months the provider would refund Medicare for months not used.

"In the world of suckey situations, this sucks less than waiting 13 months for full payment," one source said.

Also, check this out: The Fort Worth Star-Telegram's Dave Lieber took The Scooter Store to task earlier this month in his "Watchdog Column" for running ads for free scooters.

Liz Beaulieu