Local company warned government about Medicare fraud
BRIDGEPORT, MI (WNEM) -
Amigo Mobility, based in Bridgeport, is hopeful that a recent raid on one of its competitors will bring about the changes to Medicare it has sought for years.
"We get so many calls from customers who are frustrated with the system and feel that profit margin is determining what product they get into," said Jennifer Thieme Kehres, an account manager for Amigo Mobility.
The FBI raided one of Amigo Mobility's largest competitors, a Texas-based company called The Scooter Store.
The Scooter Store is suspected of Medicare fraud by pressuring doctors to prescribe motorized wheelchairs to patients, even those who didn't need to.
"The inspector general has found that the biggest profit margin is on the power wheelchairs," said Kehres.
Kehres said disabled patients are the ones who are at a loss because of the way the Medicare system works.
If at any point a patient is reimbursed for a power wheelchair Medicare will not allow that same patient to be reimbursed for another device like a scooter, even if they were improperly prescribed, according to Kehres.
Amigo Mobility has gone as far as to write several letters to Sen. Debbie Stabenow in hopes to bring this type of Medicare fraud to light.
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