A.T. Still University Student Academy of Audiology Endorses the Audiology Patient Choice Act

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Stephanie Czuhajewski

sczuhajewski@audiologist.org

A.T. Still University Student Academy of Audiology Endorses the Audiology Patient Choice Act

ADA is pleased to announce that A.T. Still University Student Academy of Audiology has endorsed the
Audiology Patient Choice Act (H.R. 2519), which will streamline access to audiology services for Medicare patients, and bring Medicare in line with today’s best practices in the delivery of hearing and balance health care services.

The ATSU SAA Endorsement states: "The A. T. Still University Student Academy of Audiology hereby endorses audiology's 18x18 Movement and will support efforts to amend Title XVIII of the Social Security Act to provide for treatment of Audiologists as physicians for purposes of furnishing audiology services under the Medicare Program, to provide for a broadened scope of audiology services available for coverage under the Medicare program and to enable Medicare beneficiaries to have their choice of qualified audiologist."

“ADA applauds ATSU audiology students for their support of this landmark legislation,” said ADA Advocacy Chair Eric Hagberg, Au.D. "As a graduate of ATSU, I could not be more proud of this endorsement, and with the recent reintroduction by Representatives Lynn Jenkins (R-KS) and Matt Cartwright (D-PA) on May 21, it could not have come at a better time."

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The Audiology Patient Choice Act, if enacted, will:
  • Improve access to qualified, licensed Medicare providers, by allowing seniors with a suspected hearing or balance disorder to seek treatment directly from audiologists, eliminating archaic medical doctor order requirements.
  • Allow patients to choose among qualified providers for Medicare-covered audiologic services by authorizing Medicare to reimburse audiologists for the Medicare-covered services that they are licensed to provide. These services are already covered by Medicare when delivered by other providers.
  • Address the medical doctor workforce shortage confronting our country, while helping to meet the increasing demand for health care services by the growing Medicare population, through the inclusion of audiologists in the list of Medicare-recognized physicians (chiropractors, dentists, doctors of osteopathy, medical doctors, optometrists and podiatrists).

The Audiology Patient Choice Act was carefully constructed to promote high-quality, cost-effective audiologic care for Medicare patients. The legislation will not:
  • Expand or add new services to the Medicare program
  • Expand or modify an audiologist’s scope of practice
  • Impact state licensure requirements for the practice of audiology
  • Increase patient risk or compromise quality of care
Visit ADA’s AuDvocacy Action Center for more information about The Audiology Patient Choice Act including the following: