It takes two to tango


Another story was published today, this time by the Washington Examiner, about a Washington, D.C.-area HME provider that has allegedly billed Medicaid for "deluxe" power wheelchairs and provided beneficiaries with cheaper wheelchairs or even walkers instead.

Doors of Hope, conveniently located on the first floor of the Greater Southeast Hospital in D.C., submitted about $575,000 in claims to Medicaid between 2003 and 2005. More than half of the claims were for power wheelchairs.

But the story doesn't just point a finger at Donna Carney-Barry, Doors of Hope's owner. It also blames the Medicaid program.

Prosecutors said the District's contractor, Affiliated Computer Services, approved more than $550,000 in payments to Doors of Hope. Some were approved even though the bills had not been signed by the patient's doctor, according to charging documents.

Other payments were approved for scooters even though they were specifically not covered by Medicaid, according to court documents."

It takes two to tango (or if you're a fan of Rob Base and DJ EZ Rock: It takes two to make a thing go right). I think prosecutors and the mainstream media are starting to learn that.

Liz Beaulieu