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SCOOTER Store CEO Outraged: Flawed Data Used by Fox News Channel to Wrongly Chastise Medical Suppliers
Date:10/9/2009

CEO Harrison Calls for Reform that Eliminates Wasteful Government Procedures

NEW BRAUNFELS, Texas, Oct. 9 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Doug Harrison, CEO and Founder of The SCOOTER Store, is outraged that misleading data from a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Inspector General's report was recently cited during a Fox News Channel segment on the costs of providing medical equipment to Medicare beneficiaries.

In a report that aired on Monday, Fox News Channel reporter William La Jeunesse stated that Medicare "overpays" for medical equipment, saying auditors determined the average cost paid for a standard power wheelchair is $4,018, while the private sector pays $1,048.

"I am extremely upset that a major broadcast network did not check their facts," said Mr. Harrison, who heads the nation's largest supplier of power mobility equipment. "The HHS Office of Inspector General (OIG) actually acknowledged that their report failed to include many of the costs associated with doing business with Medicare." Furthermore, Mr. Harrison noted that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), which oversee the Medicare program, had advised the OIG to complete their report by analyzing all the costs associated with providing mobility equipment to Medicare beneficiaries.

Mr. Harrison said the OIG and Fox News Channel are badly mistaken if they believe a Medicare beneficiary can order a power wheelchair from the Internet, have it drop-shipped to their door and suddenly all their mobility needs will be met.

"It is naive for anyone to think that is, or can be, what happens," Mr. Harrison said. "Medicare beneficiaries qualify for power mobility when they are physically disabled. Medical equipment providers' cost structures include thousands of dollars per claim related to regulations that require working with doctors to document medical necessity for the patients, selecting
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