Scooting through 2012


Since it's January, let's have a look at the top Mobility stories from the past year.

I guess it's no surprise that HME News readers again kept their eyes on The Scooter Store as the industry's biggest mobility provider experienced a year of flux. 

Five of the most-read mobility stories for 2012 followed the provider as it visibly dealt with the challenges facing the mobility industry, beginning with the departure of much of the provider’s management team early in the year and continuing through layoffs of 220 employees in September.

March also saw founder and founder and CEO Doug Harrison’s resignation. The industry speculated that the shakeups at The Scooter Store couldn’t mean good things for the rest of the mobility world, a feeling that proved true when HME News compared utilization numbers for K0823 and saw the hard facts behind the mobility industry’s recent struggles.

Who knows what 2013 will bring for the provider? So far, they've gotten some bad press stemming from senatorial questioning and they've settled a lawsuit.

The remaining five most-read stories revolved around industry-changing issues like news that wheelchairs are breaking down with more frequency, the beginning of the seven-state power mobility device demonstration projectsenatorial scrutiny of the power mobility device error rate and a rule calling for providers to offer free replacement power wheelchairs if they don’t last five years

Vendors also had their eyes on the mobility market, offering new wheelchairs designed to produce cash sales—a move manufacturers hope will lead to better things in 2013.


Here's the list in order:


1) Scooter Store: 'Whatever is going on is not good for our industry' 


2) Five-year rule haunts mobility providers


3) As utilization goes, so goes The Scooter Store 


4) Senators: PMD error rate 'beyond belief' 


5) Setbacks at The Scooter Store


6) More cuts at The Scooter Store 


7) Vendors target mobility for cash sales


8) Scooter Store CEO resigns


9) PMD demo: Ask and you shall receive


10) Researchers call for re-evaluating wheelchair policies