After Appeal to Members, ADA Will Not Appeal Court Decision

On February 21st, 2017, the United States District Court in Detroit issued an order dismissing the lawsuit brought by ADA against IHS to prevent IHS from issuing Tinnitus Provider Certificates to people not licensed or competent to provide tinnitus diagnostic and treatment services.

This left ADA with two options – either accept the Court’s decision or appeal it. ADA hosted a Virtual Town Hall meeting on March 6th where ADA’s attorney, Mr. Robert Gippin, and ADA’s president, Dr. Angela Morris, provided a comprehensive update and took member questions. ADA invited all members to review the webcast and to take part in an important member survey. ADA members’ input and commitment to this issue were the key considerations for the ADA board in determining next steps.

Given the feedback from members, and the limited participation in the member meeting and survey, the ADA board has decided to not appeal the Court’s decision. Instead, ADA will continue to work collaboratively with members and allied organizations to seek state-based solutions to the inappropriate infringement on audiology’s scope of practice by other professions and occupations.