The Big SqueezeBy Gilmer, Tim; New Mobility, Vol. 15, No. 127, pp. 26-31, 49
Publication Date: April 2004
Article on a policy clarification issued by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) that limits the coverage of powered mobility devices to people who are strictly nonambulatory. Powered wheelchair sales dropped significantly after the CMS clarification. One example is the Scooter Store, based in New Braunfels, Texas. February of 2004 saw the Scooter Store lay off 230 employees nationwide. Along with other industry leaders, the Scooter Store has created a coalition to fight the clarification. The coalition is termed Restore Access to Mobility Partnership (RAMP), and includes Pride Mobility, the American Association for Homecare, Invacare Corporation, the MED Group, Mobility Products Unlimited, and Sunrise/Quickie Medical.
Published by: No Limits Communications Inc. (Website:http://www.newmobility.com)
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This publication is included in the library of the National Rehabilitation Information Center (NARIC), accession number J47643