July 28, 2012

Saying Goodbye - Ed Trombly

Amigo Mobility says goodbye to a dear friend of our company this week with the passing of industrial designer Ed Trombly. During his career, Ed created countless product, packaging and industrial designs for major U.S. corporations and played an integral part in the design of many of our Amigo models. 

Amigo founder Al Thieme said, "Ed meant a lot to our company -- he has been very involved with the design of Amigo products. All of us at Amigo will miss Ed. His wit and excitement kept our products in the 'limelight.'"

July 26, 2012

Representative Ken Horn Tours Amigo Manufacturing Facilities

We had a great visit with Michigan Representative Ken Horn at the Amigo home offices in Bridgeport yesterday! Representative Horn toured our manufacturing facility and showed his support for local manufacturing. Here are some photos from his visit with Amigo Chairman & Founder Al Thieme and family:

July 23, 2012

Stop Medicare Waste: "Never Used" Power Wheelchairs for Sale

It is unfortunate to see so many ads for power wheelchairs that are "brand new" or "never used" posted on craigslist.com and similar websites. 

The current Medicare reimbursement structure makes it difficult for consumers to choose mobility equipment that best suits their lifestyle, and many who would prefer a power-operated vehicle (POV)/scooter are left with power wheelchairs as their only choice. It is easier for consumers to receive a power wheelchair for free at a greater cost to Medicare, while mobility POV/scooters which are less expensive are only partially covered.

Many who receive a free power wheelchair from Medicare are then stuck with equipment they cannot use, and are forced to try to sell the power wheelchair and pay out of pocket for mobility equipment that better meets their needs and lifestyle.

July 18, 2012

The Right Choice for YOU

Looking for a resource to help you through the overwhelming process of deciding which type of mobility equipment is best for you? 

Click here to read about UsersFirst, a program of the United Spinal Association that advocates for greater access to appropriate wheelchairs, mobility devices and seating systems for people with disabilities.

July 11, 2012

Famous Amigo Owner - Teri Garr

Teri Garr (born December 11, 1947) is a film and television actress whose film debut was in 1963.

She has appeared in a variety of successful films, and is most famous for her performance as Inga in Mel Brooks' Young Frankenstein

She was nominated for an Academy Award in 1982 for her role in Tootsie with Dustin Hoffman. 

Garr is living with multiple sclerosis and uses an Amigo power-operated vehicle to help with her mobility.

She currently serves as National Ambassador for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society and National Chair for the Society's Women Against MS program. 

July 6, 2012

Help Stop Medicare Abuse

Durable Medical Equipment (DME) fraud costs Medicare millions of dollars each year. Examples of DME include:

- Oxygen tanks
- Walkers
- Wheelchairs
- Diabetic test strips
- Home oxygen equipment 
- Mobility POVs/scooters

Medicare error, fraud and abuse occurs when:

- Medicare is billed for items or equipment you never received
- Medicare is billed for services or equipment that is different from what you received
- Medicare is billed for home medical equipment after it has been returned

Be suspicious! The following instances are common indicators of Medicare abuse:

- If a provider tells you the equipment or service is free
- If a provider tells you they know how to get Medicare to pay for the item or service
- If a provider claims they represent Medicare

If your doctor, health care provider or supplier does not address your questions or concerns and you suspect Medicare abuse, please contact one of the following organizations:

  • Medicare - 1.800.MEDICARE
  • Office of Inspector General Hotline - 1.800.HHS.TIPS
  • MMAP Inc. - 1.800.803.7174 or www.mmapinc.org

For more information on Medicare abuse in the mobility industry, visit www.myamigo.com. If you would like help finding a dealer in your area, call 1.800.MY.AMIGO or email to info@myamigo.com.

July 3, 2012

Our Choice for Favorite Athlete - Kyle Maynard!

Do you remember congenital amputee Kyle Maynard from our April issue of Friendly Wheels? He has been nominated to receive an ESPY award from ESPN for Best Athlete with a Disability! With all that he's accomplished and all he's done to help others, he definitely has our vote. Click here if you'd like to vote for Kyle too!

Read about Kyle's inspiring story here.