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Golden secures VA's scooter business

April 22, 2020Theresa Flaherty, Managing Editor

OLD FORGE, Pa. - Golden Technologies has been notified by Veterans Affairs that the department plans to exercise its second year of a five-year contract to supply mobility products. Golden provides power scooters to the VA nationwide. “It is unprecedented for the VA to commit fully to a five-year contract, which is normally reviewed and approved year by year on an annual basis,” said Rich Golden, president and CEO. “We are humbled and honored to continue to provide top of the line...

Golden Technology, scooters, Veterans Affairs


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Pride Mobility rebrands scooters

January 28, 2020HME News Staff

EXETER, Pa. - Pride Mobility has rebranded its scooters, creating the Zero Turn Series. The formerly named Jazzy Zero Turn Scooter and ZT10 Scooter are now the Zero Turn 8 Scooter and the Zero Turn 10 Scooter, respectively. “As our sales, marketing and research and development departments looked at how these products were evolving, we realized having a series would better show the consistencies of the two units,” said Renae Storie, vice president of Pride Mobility. “We want to have...

pride mobility, scooters, Zero Turn Series


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Business Development

Mobility powers up

July 3, 2019John Andrews

As the mobility market becomes more technologically advanced and product demand continues to grow with the aging baby boomer generation, the outlook for wheelchair and scooter sales is that it will remain a strong category, offering HME providers a range of opportunities.Brad Peterson, vice president of professional affairs and clinical education for Invacare, says the Elyria, Ohio-based manufacturer is “heavily focused on GP3 power mobility” and that he sees “continued robust demand...

Invacare, Ki Mobility, mobility, scooters, sunrise medical, wheelchairs


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OIG pushes monthly rentals for all PMDs

May 23, 2017HME News Staff

WASHINGTON - Medicare could save millions if it sought legislation to shift from a lump-sum purchase option to a monthly rental payment for all power mobility devices, according to a report from the Office of Inspector General (OIG) published in May. In January 2011, Medicare eliminated the lump-sum purchase option for standard power wheelchairs, a move that saved $86 million from 2011 to 2014, according to the OIG. If legislation were in place to also eliminate this option for scooters and complex...

lump-sum purchase, monthly rental, OIG, power wheelchairs, scooters


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Guest Blog

Taking the AP to task

April 8, 2013HME News Staff

Editor's note: The following is in response to a recent article written by the Associated Press and picked up by news outlets across the country. We are very disappointed in the AP's reporting on a recent story about power scooters sales and believe that a correction, or at a minimum, a clarification is warranted. The story, which has appeared in media outlets worldwide, contains incomplete and misleading information in two specific areas. We strongly believe that if left uncorrected the perceptions...

HOme medical equipment, power wheelchairs, scooters


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Mobility

Scooter Store lawsuit: What are the odds?

March 29, 2013Elizabeth Deprey

NEW BRAUNFELS, Texas - If you're a laid off employee suing The Scooter Store, you may want the company to turn things around, industry attorneys say.Ex-employee Anna Urbina filed a lawsuit March 15, claiming that The Scooter Store didn't give those who were laid off the 60-day notice required by the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act (WARN). But even if the lawsuit succeeds, whether or not she gets the 60 days of back pay and benefits she's seeking will depend on the company's financial...

lawsuit, power wheelchairs, scooters, The Scooter Store


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Business Development

Category development: Scooters

December 28, 2012John Andrews

RIPE FOR RETAILScooting ahead: Scooters are tailor-made for retail sales, and HME providers can make the transition with little expense or disruption. The biggest adjustment, manufacturers say, is changing the mindset to think like a consumer.SOFT SELLSubtlety required: Scooters aren't widgets, so providers must use restraint and finesse in dealing with clients. Consumers are looking for a consultant, not a sales agent, to help them select the right model for themselves.THE RIGHT MIXScooter...

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Scooters ready to ride the HME retail road

December 28, 2012John Andrews

For mobility providers looking to enter the HME retail parade, market specialists recommend they march in with both feet and follow the scooters.As competitive bidding, strict qualifying rules and declining reimbursement levels have combined to edge many providers out of the Medicare program, it may just be the push some companies need to pursue a cash-oriented business model, says Cy Corgan, director of corporate sales for Exeter, Pa.-based Pride Mobility.“Through adversity comes opportunity,”...

Active Controls, golden technologies, pride mobility, Retail, scooters


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News

Retail seen as key to boosting scooter sales

July 26, 2011John Andrews

Scooters fall into a category of their own within the mobility segment--a lifestyle product with a clinical purpose that is available through both insurance and retail channels. Yet while demand has progressively grown in recent years, coverage and funding have slipped, presenting scooter dealers with a dilemma about which sales channel deserves the most focus. Mobility vendors concede that insurers--both public and private--are increasingly reluctant to cover scooters for beneficiaries and that...

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Editorial

Get a brain! It's morons, not morans

December 22, 2010Mike Moran

I got a call last month from Mike Kruse, a reporter with the St. Petersburg Times. Turns out a man on a moped crashed into a man driving a power wheelchair. Kruse had all kinds of questions for me: How big is the scooter market? How big is the power chair market? And on and on. I kind of enjoyed it. Usually, I'm the one asking questions so to have the tables turned was fun. Here's what Kruse quoted me saying in the story he wrote: "We're going to see more and more people riding around in scooters...

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