Audiology Patient Choice Act Patient Resources Now Available: One, Two, Three Go for Better Hearing Month and Beyond!

Passage of the Audiology Patient Choice Act is the single most significant advocacy issue impacting audiologists and their Medicare patients today. The importance of this landmark bill cannot be overstated. The future of autonomous practice and the continued recognition of audiology as a clinical doctoring profession most assuredly hinges on the adoption of H.R. 2519 by Congress.



The important role of the audiologist in the prevention and treatment for hearing loss and other audiologic conditions has been well documented by federal agencies, national and international research bodies, consumer organizations and industry groups alike.

Despite increasing awareness about the importance of audiologic care, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) does not recognize or reimburse audiologists for diagnostic services without a physician’s order. CMS also fully and completely fails to reimburse audiologists for the medically necessary, covered rehabilitative services that they are licensed to provide in all 50 states—even though evidence shows that patient outcomes are much improved when these services are rendered!

The Audiology Patient Choice Act will remedy these CMS oversights, allow older adults the same access to audiology care as the rest of America, and will finally place audiologists in the correct taxonomy with other clinical doctors including optometrists, dentists, podiatrists and chiropractors, thus aligning Medicare at long last with today’s evidence-based best practices in the provision of audiology care.

This act of Congress is needed and ADA is working tirelessly to ensure that the Audiology Patient Choice Act is enacted! Your action is needed today! Take three minutes and do three things to help ensure the best future for your patients and your profession.
  1. Contact ADA headquarters and order your free set of patient brochures. We will deliver these to your door at no cost to you, so that you can distribute them to your patients and key stakeholders in your community to encourage them to take action! Tell your friends—ADA membership is not required to support H.R. 2519. ADA will send these patient resources to any audiologist or organization upon request. Visit www.thinkaboutyourears.com for more information.
     
  2. Use the Congressional Connect tool to contact your legislators and encourage their support of the Audiology Patient Choice Act. Use this tool over and over again! The language has been updated to remind legislators that May is Better Hearing month—and that there has never been a better time for them to endorse the bill on behalf of their Medicare-eligible constituents. You can also customize the language for frequent follow up with your legislators.
     
  3. Make a donation to the ADA Advocacy Fund and/or ADA PAC fund. ADA is the only organization that is committed to using its advocacy resources and PAC fund to pass the Audiology Patient Choice Act. It is an election year and your contribution has never been more needed. No matter the amount, it is important for every ADA member, and indeed every audiologist, to back H.R. 2519, the Audiology Patient Choice Act.
Stay tuned—beginning May 1st, ADA will send out information that you can tweet, post and share in your social networks. Please use #chooseaudiology. Visit www.audiologist.org/advocacy, www.18x18.org and www.thinkaboutyourears.com.