Stop Medicare Waste

People's needs must come first -- help people maintain their independence!

 

Medicare reimbursement waste and abuse often eliminates the choice for people with limited mobility. Click here to read testimonials from frustrated people who are unable to get the equipment they need. Do you have a story about Medicare reimbursement to share? Send your story to info@myamigo.com.

 

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August 22, 2011

 

Recently, Amigo Mobility was featured in The Saginaw News article Medicare-funded power wheelchairs create headache for Amigo Mobility.

 

Reporter Kathryn Lynch-Morin wrote “A new study released by the Office of the Inspector General shows hundreds of millions of Medicare dollars are wasted each year on medically unnecessary power wheelchairs."

 

‘The Scooter Store sold the beneficiaries expensive power wheelchairs that they did not want, need, and/or could not use,’ The Department of Justice wrote in 2007.

 

According to Medicare coverage guidelines, motorized wheelchairs should be prescribed as a last resort and are best for people with severe disabilities, as they require only slight motions of the hand to maneuver and have seats locked in place.

 

Medicare guidelines say mobility scooters, or power-operated vehicles, should be considered before a power wheelchair is prescribed. They are best suited for people who have mobility limitations but require help in order to participate in activities of daily living.”

 

"When a person is offered a more expensive product for free, they feel like they have to take it," Thieme said. "But people who can use POV's (power-operated vehicles) shouldn't be getting power wheelchairs."

 

Click here to read the complete article.

News Flash

Supporting Families in Many Helpful Ways

Supporting Families in Many Helpful Ways

Friendly Wheels, Issue 123

August 2018

 

Amigo owners often share inspiring stories. From overcoming a mobility challenge to figuring out innovative ways to go to new places to helping people in their communities, the experiences they share never cease to amaze us.

In this edition of Friendly Wheels, we get to meet Shannon DeWall, JD, an attorney, wife, mother and community volunteer in metro Detroit. Learn more about her story below.

A Family's Story of Reclaiming Hope

A Family's Story of Reclaiming Hope

Friendly Wheels, Issue 122

July 2018

In a time of crisis, it may be reassuring to know that there is another family that's experienced a similar situation: the Shepherds. James Shepherd and his mother founded the Shepherd Center, a not-for-profit hospital located in Atlanta, Georgia specializing spinal cord injury rehabilitation, in 1975 in response to an accident James endured as a young man. Learn more about his family's inspiring story.

This Amigo Owner Adds a Little Magic

This Amigo Owner Adds a Little Magic

Friendly Wheels, Issue 121

June 2018

Carrie Rostollan, a longtime member of the Amigo family, recently visited our Bridgeport facility for the Amigo Mobility Center open house. She shared with us some of her upcoming summer plans and entertained us with her magic tricks! Discover more about Carrie's 'magical' adventures.

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