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Mobility stakeholders: Repair issues bigger than GAO says

May 9, 2014Leah Hoenen

WASHINGTON - The brief mention of repair issues in a recent Government Accountability Office (GAO) report on competitive bidding doesn't speak to the severity of the problem, say mobility stakeholders.“I think the GAO report brought some acknowledgement of the problems in the competitive bidding areas, but I think what we want to continue to focus on with CMS is that this is a broader problem requiring fixes not just in the competitive bidding program, but the Medicare program in general,”...

Don Clayback, Martin Szmal, Peter Rankin, Repairs, The Scooter Store

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Stakeholders, CMS talk wheelchair repairs

November 22, 2013Elizabeth Deprey

WASHINGTON - When CMS agreed to a meeting to discuss ongoing issues surrounding power mobility device (PMD) repairs, the agency had a rude awakening, industry stakeholders say.  “CMS seemed shocked at the convoluted nature of the repair side of things,” said Peter Rankin, government affairs manager at AAHomecare. “They were also under the impression that repairs were a profit driver for providers, when they're actually a loss driver.” On Nov. 14, stakeholders...

AAHomecare, Alexandra Bennewith, CMS, Peter Rankin, PMD, United Spinal, Wheelchair

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PMD data not clear-cut, stakeholders say

October 25, 2013Elizabeth Deprey

WASHINGTON - Spending on power mobility devices in seven states has dropped nearly 50%, from $20 million in September 2012 to $11 million in June 2013, according to a recent CMS update on the PMD demo.But the demo, which kicked off in September 2012, is only one factor causing spending to nosedive, industry stakeholders say.“There have been quite a few changes in this space, including Round 2 of competitive bidding and the largest provider of this equipment (The Scooter Store) going out of...

AAHomecare, CMS, Don Clayback, NCART, Peter Rankin, PMD, PMD demo, Pride Mobility Products, Seth Johnson

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