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(NPR)   FBI raids The Scooter Store, slow but highly maneuverable chase in progress   (npr.org) divider line 133
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2013-02-22 10:51:27 PM  
www.photochopz.com
Hot like his chicks.
 
2013-02-22 10:52:42 PM  
But how will fat people go to Disney World?
 
2013-02-22 10:55:07 PM  

CruiserTwelve: But how will fat people go to Disney World?


In a little canopy perched on top of an elephant.
 
2013-02-22 11:01:33 PM  

trippdogg: PSA:  products that treat actual medical conditions and require a doctor's prescription don't need to advertise on TV - your doctor will prescribe it if you need it.


But they do anyway.

www.accessrx.com
 
2013-02-22 11:02:59 PM  

UsikFark: CruiserTwelve: But how will fat people go to Disney World?

In a little canopy perched on top of an elephant.


What that might look like:

farm5.static.flickr.com
 
2013-02-22 11:04:07 PM  

UsikFark: In a little canopy perched on top of an elephant.


i.ebayimg.com
Shut up and take my shekels!
 
2013-02-22 11:14:48 PM  
Hell farking yeah.
 
2013-02-22 11:27:37 PM  
Here is my Cool Story Sis:

Mr Theologian has spinal stenosis, fibromyalgia, and osteoarthritis.  And his doctor recommended a power chair.  Yes, we called the Scooter Store, and they sent the doctor paperwork, which she filled out diligently.  We found out from the rep that the doctor was one of the few people who actually answered the questionnaire with details and supporting records.  (Which means that most doctors would just rubber stamped the damn process.)

I told my husband that he has no more excuses to biatch about government programs.
 
2013-02-22 11:41:56 PM  

Krieghund: UsikFark: CruiserTwelve: But how will fat people go to Disney World?

In a little canopy perched on top of an elephant.

What that might look like:

[farm5.static.flickr.com image 331x500]


Dahnkster: UsikFark: In a little canopy perched on top of an elephant.

[i.ebayimg.com image 297x300]
Shut up and take my shekels!


I'm deeply honored.
 
2013-02-22 11:44:32 PM  

Nina_Hartley's_Ass: They advertise the hell out of these and hoverounds on over-the-air tv and have for some time. The biggest selling point seems to be the fact the government will pay for it.


Yep. Hoverounds are CRAP.
The scooter store f*cks said that after my non=medicare health insurance paid, I would owe $2,300 for a new chair. They said I would be better off using medicare because they can bill them more and get enough money that I would be "granted" the rest of the price.
I ended buying the exact same chair used...(sat in once. The old lady died a week later) for $200 bucks and I got new batteries for $132 with shipping.
Found a good place near me for service and they even reprogrammed my chair to go full blast for free.
They warned me that the scooter store is a total rip off and they prey mostly on medicare patients because the government is so easy to get money from.

As for which party members are behind this is not at all the point. Massive fraud comes from both sides, since no matter which way you lean, money is still green.

And the rest...I haven't flown since I stroked out and got stuck in a wheel chaire, so I don't know. I imagine it's a pain in the ass and the probably take your chair away and have somebody push you around in their "safe" chair.
I don't trust those morans to handle my chair properly OR get it back to me in one piece.

No, I'm not anywhere near fat...I just can't walk.

Come get me mother, I'm through.
 
2013-02-22 11:47:10 PM  
I hate posting in the dark...it makes me look drunk. I prefer to be drunk while it's light out, so everybody can SEE the magic of self asshole transformation.
 
2013-02-22 11:52:07 PM  
1. Defraud government of $800+ million
2. Hide $20 million away
3. Go to minimum security prison for 16 months
4. Move to a non-extradition country with your $20 million

Ain't that how it's done?
 
2013-02-22 11:59:53 PM  
Good. They've been a drain on medicare/aid for some time now. And most of the fatties that get one are better off walking to get rid of that excess baggage.
 
2013-02-23 12:00:14 AM  
Really ,finally now? FEDs should have been able to see the commercials and say "we need to look into that"
 
2013-02-23 12:03:07 AM  
I work for a company in the DME (durable medical equipment) industry. Wheelchairs fall into this category, along with oxygen tanks, and scooters, and basically any kind of medical equipment you would find in somebody's home.

It's shady as hell. Essentially, the entire industry is built around defrauding Medicare at every opportunity. Thankfully, Congress has figured this out and is stomping on them in the last few years (stomping a little too hard, probably, but they deserve it). I think something like 10 thousand "DME providers" have simply disappeared in the last 5 years to avoid prosecution.
 
2013-02-23 12:08:02 AM  

AllUpInYa: 1. Defraud government of $800+ million
2. Hide $20 million away
3. Go to minimum security prison for 16 months
4. Move to a non-extradition country with your $20 million

Ain't that how it's done?


Not quite. It goes a little more like this:

1. Defraud government of $800+ million
2. Hide $20 million away
3. Don't spend even a second within a mile of a prison, county jail or police precinct holding cell, because you did not make the mistake of ripping off rich people like Bernie Madoff did
4. Become Governor of Florida
 
2013-02-23 12:09:03 AM  
Now how will the tea partiers get their government-funded but not socialistic at all scooters?
 
2013-02-23 12:09:26 AM  
The mobility scooter industry is multi-BILLION dollar business.
 
2013-02-23 12:09:43 AM  
I want to know what kind of kickbacks they are grieving the doctors my grandmother slipped on ice and broke her foot around xmiss and they were pushing hard for her to buy a scooter instead of rent a wheel chair for a month

/ the rental was a waste of money she went out to Walmart and got crutches the next day and won't let us help her carry firewood inside
 
2013-02-23 12:18:44 AM  

FirstNationalBastard: [littleguurrl.files.wordpress.com image 850x508]

Hoveround guy sings about how Scooter Store can go fark itself.


I've seen the ad many times but just now noticed.  That guy is so fat he needs a seatbelt to stay in the chair.
 
2013-02-23 12:21:01 AM  

realmolo: I work for a company in the DME (durable medical equipment) industry. Wheelchairs fall into this category, along with oxygen tanks, and scooters, and basically any kind of medical equipment you would find in somebody's home.

It's shady as hell. Essentially, the entire industry is built around defrauding Medicare at every opportunity. Thankfully, Congress has figured this out and is stomping on them in the last few years (stomping a little too hard, probably, but they deserve it). I think something like 10 thousand "DME providers" have simply disappeared in the last 5 years to avoid prosecution.


I've noticed a lot of talk about CPAP machines which fall into the DME category.  I find it strange that suddenly EVERYONE is unable to breathe at night and falling over dead.
 
2013-02-23 12:21:21 AM  
When I finally lose the ability to walk, I won't mess with a mobility scooter. I will have a palanquin, carried by scantily-clad, healthy women.

Or a miniature stagecoach pulled by Shetland ponies.
 
2013-02-23 12:30:58 AM  

BarkingUnicorn: I'd like to know how they "bulldoze" doctors into prescribing scooters.


They threaten malpractice lawsuits.
 
2013-02-23 12:32:54 AM  

ZeroCorpse: When I finally lose the ability to walk, I won't mess with a mobility scooter. I will have a palanquin, carried by scantily-clad, healthy women.

Or a miniature stagecoach pulled by Shetland ponies.


Go for the stagecoach.  The women need to be inside your vehicle.
 
2013-02-23 12:38:09 AM  

tacos813: TommyymmoT: Nina_Hartley's_Ass: They advertise the hell out of these and hoverounds on over-the-air tv and have for some time. The biggest selling point seems to be the fact the government will pay for it.

I wonder how many people got them just to sell?
There are over 1000 of them for sale on Ebay at any given time.

I work for a company that provides power wheelchairs and have literally never seen that. Usually the person that received it will die and a relative will try to sell it. Medicare has a mandatory 13 month rental period now so if the patient becomes ineligible they can not keep the chair.
I am glad the scooter store is going down. They are well known fraudsters.


Thanks for the info. That makes sense.
What happens if they're stolen, are they insured?
I kid you not, I was driving through the ghetto (Arbor Hill, Albany NY) about 3 years ago, and there were 5 or 6 homies riding down the street together, on Hoverounds.
I could not stop laughing.
 
2013-02-23 12:41:02 AM  

sethen320: I've noticed a lot of talk about CPAP machines which fall into the DME category.  I find it strange that suddenly EVERYONE is unable to breathe at night and falling over dead.


It's hard to breath when you're fat.
 
2013-02-23 12:42:46 AM  

Bucky Katt: Now how will the tea partiers get their government-funded but not socialistic at all scooters?


I worked and paid in to the system all my life. Medicare SHOULD be cut back quite a bit, but voters are scared away from reform my misinformation fed to them by BOTH sides. Paying for something isn't socialistic, EXPECTING something for nothing and receiving it IS.

No, I don't have medicare yet. They make people wait 24 months after disability is approved to get it. My disability was just approved Feb 14th. They are trying to f*ck me out of 19 months of back pay from the time I had my first stroke (while I was at work) and lost the ability to walk and talk. Haven't received a dime yet. A few liberals who know I'm a fiscal conservative started off asking if I was gonna blow all the money on guns, ammo, and grits.

No, I'm going to do silly things like get physical and speech therapy I couldn't afford before so maybe someday I can go to work and feel useful again.

/okay...rant over
 
2013-02-23 12:44:21 AM  
TFA: At Los Angeles International Airport, airlines and companies that provide wheelchair service estimate 15% of all requests are phony

Government creates a privileged classes for whatever reasons and then people are shocked that people lie to get the same privileges.
 
2013-02-23 12:45:09 AM  

Bucky Katt: ZeroCorpse: When I finally lose the ability to walk, I won't mess with a mobility scooter. I will have a palanquin, carried by scantily-clad, healthy women.

Or a miniature stagecoach pulled by Shetland ponies.

Go for the stagecoach.  The women need to be inside your vehicle.


This sounds like the beginning of some adventurous wild western porn.
 
2013-02-23 12:45:57 AM  

sethen320: realmolo: I work for a company in the DME (durable medical equipment) industry. Wheelchairs fall into this category, along with oxygen tanks, and scooters, and basically any kind of medical equipment you would find in somebody's home.

It's shady as hell. Essentially, the entire industry is built around defrauding Medicare at every opportunity. Thankfully, Congress has figured this out and is stomping on them in the last few years (stomping a little too hard, probably, but they deserve it). I think something like 10 thousand "DME providers" have simply disappeared in the last 5 years to avoid prosecution.

I've noticed a lot of talk about CPAP machines which fall into the DME category.  I find it strange that suddenly EVERYONE is unable to breathe at night and falling over dead.


The Baby Boomers are getting old.  They've been getting handouts all their lives.  Now they're soft and helpless and they resent it when anyone else gets help.
 
2013-02-23 12:49:41 AM  
"It happens regularly, airport officials say. A traveler requests a wheelchair, gets pushed to the front of the security line and screened - and then jumps up out of the chair and rushes off into the terminal.

People who pull shiat like that should be beaten until they actually need the wheelchair.


Krieghund: trippdogg: PSA:  products that treat actual medical conditions and require a doctor's prescription don't need to advertise on TV - your doctor will prescribe it if you need it.

But they do anyway.

[www.accessrx.com image 350x273]


If you watch the evening network news you'd think that their audience didn't need anything BUT prescription meds for various things. That and mattresses.
 
2013-02-23 12:54:48 AM  
the company's strategy was to 'bulldoze' doctors into writing prescriptions, so people would get the chairs, whether they needed them or not.


DUH
 
2013-02-23 12:56:37 AM  

fusillade762: If you watch the evening network news you'd think that their audience didn't need anything BUT prescription meds for various things. That and mattresses.


Young people don't watch the news. I get all of my news (and a helping of crap) hours or days early from the internet.
 
2013-02-23 12:56:58 AM  

fusillade762: If you watch the evening network news you'd think that their audience didn't need anything BUT prescription meds for various things.


The other products don't want to waste their money on old people eyes.
 
2013-02-23 12:57:22 AM  
There's always money in the Mylanta stand...
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2013-02-23 01:08:44 AM  

Bucky Katt: sethen320: realmolo: I work for a company in the DME (durable medical equipment) industry. Wheelchairs fall into this category, along with oxygen tanks, and scooters, and basically any kind of medical equipment you would find in somebody's home.

It's shady as hell. Essentially, the entire industry is built around defrauding Medicare at every opportunity. Thankfully, Congress has figured this out and is stomping on them in the last few years (stomping a little too hard, probably, but they deserve it). I think something like 10 thousand "DME providers" have simply disappeared in the last 5 years to avoid prosecution.

I've noticed a lot of talk about CPAP machines which fall into the DME category.  I find it strange that suddenly EVERYONE is unable to breathe at night and falling over dead.

The Baby Boomers are getting old.  They've been getting handouts all their lives.  Now they're soft and helpless and they resent it when anyone else gets help.


Um, most "boomers" worked their entire lives...unlike people of late.
 
2013-02-23 01:11:53 AM  

sethen320: I've noticed a lot of talk about CPAP machines which fall into the DME category.  I find it strange that suddenly EVERYONE is unable to breathe at night and falling over dead.


Well... I'm not saying they're not overprescribed (no idea) but there's no intrinsic motivator for the patient to be complicit in CPAP fraud. To judge from my Dad's experience with them, they're basically annoyances that you put up with so that your sleep apnea doesn't cause you to wake up dead. He had to be hounded into it by my mom and his doctor working in concert, and he still grumbles about having to use it.

Whereas with scooters, well, beats walking, right? So the patient has a little bit of motivation to nod and wink his way through the exam. Which makes it a pretty solid scam--it's not like the patients are complaining!--at least until you piss off the bean-counters once too often.
 
2013-02-23 01:15:00 AM  

Silverstaff: They'll call and clog up phone lines at offices with sales pitches,


which explains why i can't get hold of my doctor. you play phone tag with their answering machine. it sucks.
 
2013-02-23 01:19:44 AM  

semiotix: sethen320: I've noticed a lot of talk about CPAP machines which fall into the DME category.  I find it strange that suddenly EVERYONE is unable to breathe at night and falling over dead.

Well... I'm not saying they're not overprescribed (no idea) but there's no intrinsic motivator for the patient to be complicit in CPAP fraud. To judge from my Dad's experience with them, they're basically annoyances that you put up with so that your sleep apnea doesn't cause you to wake up dead. He had to be hounded into it by my mom and his doctor working in concert, and he still grumbles about having to use it.

Whereas with scooters, well, beats walking, right? So the patient has a little bit of motivation to nod and wink his way through the exam. Which makes it a pretty solid scam--it's not like the patients are complaining!--at least until you piss off the bean-counters once too often.


Yeah, I see what you mean. I guess I'm always suspicious of the latest ailment to make the rounds.
 
2013-02-23 01:37:00 AM  

semiotix: sethen320: I've noticed a lot of talk about CPAP machines which fall into the DME category.  I find it strange that suddenly EVERYONE is unable to breathe at night and falling over dead.

Well... I'm not saying they're not overprescribed (no idea) but there's no intrinsic motivator for the patient to be complicit in CPAP fraud. To judge from my Dad's experience with them, they're basically annoyances that you put up with so that your sleep apnea doesn't cause you to wake up dead. He had to be hounded into it by my mom and his doctor working in concert, and he still grumbles about having to use it.

Whereas with scooters, well, beats walking, right? So the patient has a little bit of motivation to nod and wink his way through the exam. Which makes it a pretty solid scam--it's not like the patients are complaining!--at least until you piss off the bean-counters once too often.


it's not really that you'll "wake up dead" from CPAP.  Generally speaking, unless you just took some narcotics, or you're dead drunk, the adrenaline discharge from high carbon dioxide after a long apneic episode wakes you up.  You wake up gasping for air and sometimes scared shiatless, you ventilate yourself down to a better CO2 level, you go back to sleep, and you do it all over again.

The health problems from CPAP are thus primarily being tired and pathologically somnolent all day despite long hours of sleep in bed.

The way CPAP kills you is much more long term, and not really related to stopping breathing.  As your obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) gets worse and worse, your body becomes accustomed to much higher levels of CO2.  Your pulmonary vasculature spends a lot of time very constricted, so the right side of your heart has to work harder than usual.  Over the long term, this causes something called pulmonary hypertension and in bad cases, cor pulmonale, which can kill you.  This is on top of the hypertension that it can also cause.  Other problems basically stem from intolerance to any medication that could make you sleepy, so if you have to have surgery where they'll give you narcotics for pain, you'll have to bring your CPAP with you, otherwise you WILL wake up dead.  Actually, you'll wake up with a breathing tube down your throat and a well-meaning nurse pounding on your chest and breaking your ribs as you're coded for respiratory failure, if you're lucky.  Dead if you're not.

And yeah, CPAP is annoying.  Nobody wants to fake their way into one of those unless they're thinking of turning it around and reselling it.  Don't see too many black market CPAP machines though, so my guess is that the rapid uptick in CPAP use is due to a rapidly fatt-assing population, and increase awareness by physicians to order sleep studies and prescribe CPAP to those that need them.

/anesthesiology resident, so getting a kick out of your replies, etc, etc, etc.
 
2013-02-23 01:42:12 AM  

semiotix: To judge from my Dad's experience with them, they're basically annoyances that you put up with so that your sleep apnea doesn't cause you to wake up dead. He had to be hounded into it by my mom and his doctor working in concert, and he still grumbles about having to use it.


i have COPD and use continuous oxygen administered through the nasal cannula. when i first got it i was  amazed at how much better i slept. the tubing isn't particularly intrusive, annoying, whatever. if for some reason it slips off my nose i will wake short of breathe and adjust it. properly adjusted that doesn't happen. CPAP provides air pressure my stuff doesn't but mine provides lots of oxygen and a good nights sleep without the bulk of a mask.

all that said i have no idea if your dad could use continuous oxygen to sleep instead of CPAP but just wanted to share.
 
2013-02-23 01:42:45 AM  

Silverstaff: BarkingUnicorn: I'd like to know how they "bulldoze" doctors into prescribing scooters.

I've got an old college classmate who's a medical student now.  He tells me that apparently it's a well-known pattern of harassment in the medical community, even to the point of getting people to ambush docs in parking lots with papers and trying to pressure them into signing prescriptions.  They'll call and clog up phone lines at offices with sales pitches, basically stalk physicians and pester them into signing prescriptions for their product.

They basically use the most weaselly of hard-sell cold-call tactics on doctors to try to pressure them to approve dubious prescriptions for medical devices that the doctors didn't think the patients needed.  Y'know kinda sounds illegal.  The FBI seemed to think so.


I was afraid of that.  Thanks.
 
2013-02-23 01:45:57 AM  

AllUpInYa: 1. Defraud government of $800+ million
2. Hide $20 million away
3. Go to minimum security prison for 16 months
4. Move to a non-extradition country with your $20 million

Ain't that how it's done?


Why would you need 4 after doing 3?
 
2013-02-23 01:46:39 AM  

fjnorton: Really ,finally now? FEDs should have been able to see the commercials and say "we need to look into that"


Seems they did.
 
2013-02-23 01:51:50 AM  

leadmetal: TFA: At Los Angeles International Airport, airlines and companies that provide wheelchair service estimate 15% of all requests are phony

Government creates a privileged classes for whatever reasons and then people are shocked that people lie to get the same privileges.


I knew I was starting to show my age when supermarket cashiers began asking if I "want some help out" after I bought two bags of groceries.  I've been tempted to say yes for the lulz, but I just can't do it.
 
2013-02-23 01:59:07 AM  

propasaurus: The mobility scooter industry is multi-BILLION dollar business.


That's not shocking in the least. My Father In Law had ALS and purchased his chair outright. It cost more than my fullsized diesel truck. We had a funny moment as his ALS was progressing where he was losing his movement in his arms but insisted that he still run the joystick. We had to go to an event where we had to put down a ramp as he had to get up some steps. He puts the chair on top speed and we have to push the chair up to help it make the incline. We all get to the top of the ramp and we stop pushing. Well he can't get his hand off the joystick but he's still holding it wide opened. We all stopped for a second and his chair takes off heading for a set of double doors. He's hollering for us to stop him and we are all trying to catch up with him. We caught up and pulled his hand off the joystick and then we all collapsed in laughter. The visual image of him possibly busting through those double doors at top speed had us all in tears. I insisted that they have a second joystick put on the back of the chair which they did the next week. The joystick, extra control setup and one other adjustment to the chair came out to the tune of $8K.

When he passed Mom donated the chair to the local MD chapter so that someone else can get some use out of it.
 
2013-02-23 02:45:40 AM  

Do the needful: propasaurus: The mobility scooter industry is multi-BILLION dollar business.

That's not shocking in the least. My Father In Law had ALS and purchased his chair outright. It cost more than my fullsized diesel truck. We had a funny moment as his ALS was progressing where he was losing his movement in his arms but insisted that he still run the joystick. We had to go to an event where we had to put down a ramp as he had to get up some steps. He puts the chair on top speed and we have to push the chair up to help it make the incline. We all get to the top of the ramp and we stop pushing. Well he can't get his hand off the joystick but he's still holding it wide opened. We all stopped for a second and his chair takes off heading for a set of double doors. He's hollering for us to stop him and we are all trying to catch up with him. We caught up and pulled his hand off the joystick and then we all collapsed in laughter. The visual image of him possibly busting through those double doors at top speed had us all in tears. I insisted that they have a second joystick put on the back of the chair which they did the next week. The joystick, extra control setup and one other adjustment to the chair came out to the tune of $8K.

When he passed Mom donated the chair to the local MD chapter so that someone else can get some use out of it.


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2013-02-23 03:08:19 AM  
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2013-02-23 03:12:30 AM  

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DUN DA NA NAN.
 
2013-02-23 03:47:35 AM  

Silverstaff: This.  Every time I check my spam filter, there are always a few ads from the Scooter Store saying they can get me a free scooter if I have medicare.  It's right there with ads for Viagra, 419 scam letters, pitches for questionable diet drugs, and ads for Christianminge.com.


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Thank you, Silverstaff, you are my new hero.

/dammit. Am I gonna be banninated for this?
 
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