AuDacity 2020 - Conference Agenda

AuDacity 2019
ADA Members: $250.00 • Non-Members: $300.00
IAA / IANZ Members can register online.

ADA Sponsored Program
Friday, October 16, 2020 ( NOTE: All times shown are Eastern Time USA - CHECK THE TIME IN YOUR AREA )

08:00 AM - 08:45 AM

Early Bird Session 1: Comparing the Cost-Effectiveness of Provider-Fit versus Self-Fit Hearing Aids

The purpose of this presentation is to highlight the cost-effectiveness of practitioner- versus self-hearing-aid fitting using a health economic model. Specifically, costs per quality-adjusted life year (QALY), for an itemized service delivery model, were determined and compared for (1) hearing aids fit by a practitioner using best practices, (2) hearing aids fit by a practitioner lacking best practices, and (3) hearing aids self-fit by the end user. Results shed light on (1) the cost-effectiveness of the healthcare intervention, and (2) whether the type of hearing aid fitting has a positive effect on the end-user's quality of life.

Amyn Amlani, Ph.D.

08:45 AM - 09:30 AM

Early Bird Session 2: Diagnosing Dizzy: How Patient Care Builds Your Business

Through the lens of a case study, this lecture will discuss the ever growing role of the audiologist in accurately evaluating, diagnosing, and managing dizzy patients, and the necessity for strong inter-professional communication in establishing a management strategy for dizzy patients.

Robert Allen, Au.D.

09:30 AM - 10:00 AM

Wake up Call, Morning Coffee and Activities in Virtual Exhibit Hall and Career Fair

10:00 AM - 10:45 AM

President’s Address and Keynote Presentation 1: Design Thinking in Health Care

Dr. Bon Ku, Director of the Health Design Lab at Thomas Jefferson University will discuss the identified need for design thinking in healthcare, methods to utilize design thinking and the need and process that led to the creation of the Health Design Lab.

Deb Abel, Au.D. and Bon Ku, M.D.

10:45 AM - 11:30 AM

Featured Presentation 1: Design Thinking in the Clinic

This fast-paced session will reveal practical and proven approaches to integrate empathy, evidence, and evaluative outcome measures to improve patient outcomes (and satisfaction) across the continuum of audiology care. Panelists will discuss the foundational role that communication needs assessments (CNA) play in patient-centered care, using telehealth to transform patient experiences and improve outcomes, and find out how one practice prototyped humanitarian practice models to improve hearing health equity in their community and around the world.

Alicia Spoor, Au.D., Kent Collins, Au.D., and Deborah Clark, Au.D. (Moderated by Kate Baldocchi, Au.D.)

11:30 AM - 12:15 PM

Bring Your Lunch to the Virtual Exhibit Hall for Special Activities, Career Fair, Networking Meetings, and Posters

12:15 PM - 01:00 PM

Featured Presentation 2: Design Thinking and Digital Storytelling

Using digital media to connect with people locally and globally has never been easiermdash;or more challenging. Posting, recording, tweeting, friending, following, publishing, and chatting can be exhausting—and without a consistent and compelling message, they alone will not motivate or inspire action. Digital storytelling, with its narrative structure, more readily promotes engagement across channels. The application of design thinking principles within a digital storytelling framework can expand both reach and response.


This panel session will bring together leading digital storytelling experts (who also happen to be audiologists), to share their innovative approaches to storyline, content, and channel development. Prepare to be inspired to change the way you communicate with patients, providers, caregivers, and other important audiences.

Lana Joseph Ford, Au.D., Paul Dybala, Ph.D., and Dawn Heiman, Au.D. (Moderated by D’Anne Rudden, Au.D.)

01:00 PM - 01:45 PM

Featured Presentation 3: Advocacy to Support a Design Thinking Approach to Care

Public policy initiatives that improve access to and coverage of audiology services are critical for patient-centered care and better outcomes. This session will provide an overview of the most pressing legislative and regulatory issues affecting audiologists and their patients at the state and federal levels, and a practical blueprint for action.

Deb Abel, Au.D., Tom Scully, Liz Rogers, Au.D., Senator Rand Paul, Alicia Spoor, Au.D., Honorable Larry Hogan, Governor of Maryland (Moderated by Tom Tedeschi, Au.D.)

01:45 PM - 02:05 PM

Break in Virtual Exhibit Hall, Career Fair, Posters, Special Entertainment, and Virtual Networking

02:05 PM - 02:50 PM

Featured Presentation 4: ADA Student Business Plan Competition

Join us for this popular AuDacity session! Participating students have constructed innovative, future-facing business plans. Each student will present their business plan and our panel of judges will determine the winners.

Jade Faulkner, Miranda McDonnell, Renee McDowell, Stacy O'Brien, Au.D., Charlie Stone, Au.D., Bob Traynor, Ed.D, MBA (Moderated by Tom Tedeschi, Au.D.)

02:50 PM - 03:25 PM

Featured Presentation 5: Industry Leadership Panel Part 1

This fast-paced 30-minute session will explore your perspectives on opportunities and threats faced by private audiology practices, as well as recommended actionable strategies that owners/managers should consider.

Sara Burdak, Au.D., Sheena Oliver, Au.D. and Jason Mayer (Moderated by Karl Strom)

03:25 PM - 03:40 PM

Break in Exhibit Hall

03:40 PM - 04:20 PM

Featured Presentation 6: Industry Leadership Panel Part 2

This fast-paced 30-minute session will explore your perspectives on opportunities and threats faced by private audiology practices, as well as recommended actionable strategies that owners/managers should consider.

Randy Baldwin, Joe Alden, Au.D. and Patty Greene, MA (Moderated by Karl Strom)

04:20 PM - 05:00 PM

Keynote Presentation 2: Better Health Care through Design Thinking

Dr. Jose Colucci is the Director of Research and Development at the University of Texas at Austin Design Institute for Health. The Design Institute of Health is a collaboration between the Dell Medical School and the UT College of Fine Arts. Dr. Colucci will discuss how to use design concepts that are typically used to create physical products on services and processes such as health care. He will provide the definition of design thinking, how to identify what your patients actually want and differentiate between products and services.

José Colucci, Ph.D.

05:00 PM - 05:15 PM

ADA Student Business Plan Awards (Live)

05:15 PM - 05:30 PM

Welcome & Recognition of Representatives from Independent Audiologists Australia & Independent Audiologists New Zealand

05:30 PM - 06:00 PM

Featured Presentation 7: The Adoption of DTC Hearing Aids: Using the COM-B Model to Understand Why Accessibility and Affordability are not Enough

Behavior change is central to medical and public health interventions, such as the use of hearing protection and the adoption of hearing aids. The COM-B Model provides a simple and useful framework to help us understand relationships among capability, opportunity, and motivation (COM), how they influence each other, and their effect on health behavior (B).


This session will examine direct-to-consumer (DTC) hearing aids, widely embraced by policymakers as a panacea for increasing hearing aid adoption through improved accessibility and affordability. We will use the COM-B Model to demonstrate that these are only two of several factors that affect consumer behavior in a meaningful way. We will discuss additional influential motivational and behavioral factors that must be addressed to increase demand for hearing health care services and hearing aid adoption among consumers.

Brent Edwards, Ph.D.

06:00 PM - 07:15 PM

Starkey Student Virtual Reception

Attend the Starkey Student Mixer to meet Starkey staff, unwind with some games for the chance to win Starkey swag and an otoscope, and get to know other students attending the conference

06:00 PM - 07:15 PM

Roving Reception & Happy Hours in the Virtual Exhibit Hall, Career Fair, and Networking Lounge>

07:15 PM - 08:00 PM

Hearing loss and cognitive decline: Can hearing aid use delay cognitive decline or even improve cognition?

Hearing loss is associated with accelerated cognitive decline in older adults and has been identified as a modifiable risk factor for dementia. Hearing loss makes the largest single contribution to the identified potentially modifiable risk factors, yet is the factor that has received the least scientific attention. Whether treatment of hearing loss can delay the onset of cognitive decline is currently unknown, due to limitations in the methodology and data of studies to date.


This presentation will discuss an ongoing longitudinal study investigating the effect of hearing aid use on cognitive decline. We expect this study will provide rigorous evidence of the effects of treatment of hearing loss on cognition in older adults over time.

Julia Sarant, Ph.D.

Independent Audiologists Australia and Independent Audiologists New Zealand Sponsored Program
Friday, October 16, 2020 ( NOTE: All times shown are Eastern Time USA - CHECK THE TIME IN YOUR AREA )

08:00 PM - 09:15 PM

Down Under Presentation 1: Advocacy — Living Audiology

With evolving professions such as audiology, the context in which they are practiced can shape what comes to be understood as scope of practice, or acceptable business practices. Comparing and contrasting with how others practice audiology can help to understand and empathise with the challenges that audiologists face. Understanding and empathising is the first level of design thinking. Three clinical audiologists representing the USA, Australia and New Zealand respectively will, through discussion of key topics, build an understanding of challenges in audiology, some of which will be addressed in detail in the course of the conference. This session will contextualise independent audiological practice and focus on key issues that challenge independent audiologists in their everyday life.

Elaine Melville, BHlthSc, RN, GradDipAud, MAudSA(CCP), Rachel Magann Faivre, Au.D. and Jeanie Morrison-Low, Au.D. (Moderated by Louise Collingridge, Ph.D. & Tegan Keogh, Ph.D.)

09:15 PM - 09:45 PM

Lunch and Virtual Networking in the Exhibit Hall

09:45 PM - 11:15 PM

Down Under Presentation 2: Using Evidence in the Clinic

Evidence based practice has become a term that is loosely used in many policy and funding requirements. Audiologists are faced with evidence on a daily basis, but not all of it is used in decision making. Bias towards quantitative data and measurable benefit is a limiting factor in determining the type of evidence we use as well as restricting innovation in clinical practice. Three expert presenters will discuss how audiology and hearing health services need to understand evidence, both quantitative and qualitative, and how using that we do see can shift the focus in clinics from a medical / technology model to one that is patient or community focussed.

Isabelle Boisvert, Ph.D., MPA, Au.D(c), MAudSA, Sophia Kramer, Ph.D. and Corinne Walsh, Ph.D., MAAPD (Moderated by Louise Collingridge, Ph.D. & Tegan Keogh, Ph.D.)

11:15 PM - 11:45 PM

Afternoon Tea and Lunch Down Under, with Virtual Networking and Games

11:45 PM - 01:00 AM

Down Under Presentation 3: Paediatrics

Paediatric audiology is delivered very differently in different countries, driven by funding models, rather than clinical need. In Australia, the current funding model is based on dated concepts that fitting hearing aids to children is risky. As a result, in the area of device fitting for children, little choice or control is available to families who rely on public funding. For some living in Australia, the public system is not available and they have free choice in the private sector. For others, they may opt for private or charitable services, rather than be bound by restrictions that are required by public funding. This session will compare and contrast experiences of consumers and audiologists of publicly funded paediatric audiology with models of service delivery available in the private sector and in other countries. The purpose of this session to ensure contemporary models of paediatric rehabilitative audiology that are responsive to families needs and makes use of available public funding and professional expertise that is available in the community.

Shannon Perreira, BNurs, GradCertChild & AdolHlth, MClinAud and Joel Coultas, Au.D. (Moderated by Louise Collingridge, Ph.D. & Tegan Keogh, Ph.D.)

01:00 AM - 02:00 AM

Break in the Virtual Networking Lounge

02:00 AM - 02:45 AM

Rebroadcast of Keynote Presentation 1: Design Thinking in Healthcare

Dr. Bon Ku, Director of the Health Design Lab at Thomas Jefferson University will discuss the identified need for design thinking in healthcare, methods to utilize design thinking and the need and process that led to the creation of the Health Design Lab.

Bon Ku, M.D. with live chat discussion

02:45 AM - 03:30 AM

Rebroadcast of Featured Presentation 1: Design Thinking in the Clinic

This fast-paced session will reveal practical and proven approaches to integrate empathy, evidence, and evaluative outcome measures to improve patient outcomes (and satisfaction) across the continuum of audiology care. Panelists will discuss the foundational role that communication needs assessments (CNA) play in patient-centered care, using telehealth to transform patient experiences and improve outcomes, and find out how one practice prototyped humanitarian practice models to improve hearing health equity in their community and around the world.

Alicia Spoor, Au.D., Kent Collins, Au.D., and Deborah Clark, Au.D. (Moderated by Kate Baldocchi, Au.D.) with live chat moderated by IAA and IANZ

03:30 AM - 04:30 AM

Break in the Virtual Networking Lounge

04:30 AM - 05:15 AM

Rebroadcast of Featured Presentation 2: Design Thinking and Digital Storytelling

Using digital media to connect with people locally and globally has never been easiermdash;or more challenging. Posting, recording, tweeting, friending, following, publishing, and chatting can be exhausting—and without a consistent and compelling message, they alone will not motivate or inspire action. Digital storytelling, with its narrative structure, more readily promotes engagement across channels. The application of design thinking principles within a digital storytelling framework can expand both reach and response.

This panel session will bring together leading digital storytelling experts (who also happen to be audiologists), to share their innovative approaches to storyline, content, and channel development. Prepare to be inspired to change the way you communicate with patients, providers, caregivers, and other important audiences.

Lana Joseph Ford, Au.D., Paul Dybala, Ph.D., and Dawn Heiman, Au.D. (Moderated by D’Anne Rudden, Au.D.) with live chat moderated by IAA and IANZ

Saturday, October 17, 2020 ( NOTE: All times shown are Eastern Time USA - CHECK THE TIME IN YOUR AREA )

09:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Design Thinking Problems and Prototypes in Audiology, Next Steps, Group Discussions

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

ADA Member Business Meeting

11:00 AM - 12:00 AM

Workshop: Cognitive Screening in the Audiology Practice: The Clinical and Business Opportunities

Gain insights into the rationale, approaches and real practice observations of providing cognitive screening in the Audiology practice. Learn about clinical protocols that integrate patient cognitive assessment results in the fit flow process. Learn the business dynamics, experienced by your peers, on topics including revenue generation, patient engagement/workflow and the overall role of the Audiologist in promoting cognitive health.

Jill Davis, Au.D., Heidi Hill, Au.D.

11:00 AM - 02:15 PM

Live Workshop: The Third-Party Administrator Dilemma: To Participate or Not Participate? That is the Question!

Third-party administrators (TPAs) and networks are prolific in the hearing aid space and are having a significant impact on audiology practices. This course wants to address TPAs, their function, and their impact on patients and practices. We also want to discuss different TPAs and their opportunities and limitations. We want to provide attendees with the tools to evaluate each agreement so they can determine if participation is professionally and financially viable. Finally, we want to work through several scenarios of how to implement or compete against third-party offerings.

Kim Cavitt, Au.D.

This session has been approved for ABA Tier 1 Credit.

 

Live Workshop: Getting in ‘Synch’ With Your Patients via Telehealth

Telehealth is gaining momentum as a service delivery method around the world, and teleaudiology applications like teleconsulting, telediagnostics and remote hearing aid programming are becoming ever more present service delivery tools audiologists can use to assist and delight their patients. This course will focus on how teleaudiology services are augmenting traditional clinical service delivery methods, define the benefits these tools provide patients and professionals, discuss the clinical integration of teleaudiology features, and provide examples of how these tools can optimize patient success and provides opportunities for audiologists to differentiate themselves in the professional landscape.

Dave Fabry, Ph.D., Kent Collins, Au.D. and Andrea Hannan Dawkes, Au.D.

This session has been approved for ABA Tier 1 Credit.

 

Live Workshop: Ethical Considerations for Audiologists

This course provides the fundamental aspects of laws, statutes, codes of ethics and rules which guide and govern audiology. Details of licensure, Stark Law, Anti-Kickback Statute, Physician Payments Sunshine Act, False Claims Act, Codes of Ethics, and more are presented. Brief history and rationale on each is explored and a thorough understanding of each is provided in an engaging, discussion-oriented presentation. Additionally, applicable legal penalties are explored and described. Brief scenarios are reviews to facilitate learning.

Michael Page, Au.D.

This session has been approved for ABA Tier 1 Credit.

02:30 PM - 03:30 PM

OAA Member Business Meeting

02:30 PM - 03:30 PM

INDUSTRY SHOWCASE - EACH PRESENTER WILL HAVE THEIR OWN ZOOM ROOM

 

Oticon: Expand Your Practice with Tele-audiology

Oticon RemoteCare can help you virtually address your patients’ hearing care needs conveniently and safely in their homes from your office. Expanding your practice through tele-audiology is a great way to help those patients who cannot come into your office.

Presented by Lana Ward, Au.D. & Amanda Greenwell, Au.D.

 

Starkey: Technology’s Leading Edge

Hearing aid technology is constantly advancing to provide new opportunities to better address the communication challenges of those with hearing loss and provide personalized care and service delivery. Please join us to learn how Starkey technology is delighting both patients and professionals. We’ll explore the industry’s most comprehensive line-up of lithium-ion products, review helpful and engaging updates to the Thrive Hearing Control app, provide you with a demonstration of Hearing Care Anywhere remote programming, introduce you to the Thrive Care app that provides peace of mind for caregivers, show you what’s new for tinnitus patients with Multiflex Tinnitus Pro, and look at how Edge Mode is able to mitigate the effects of social distancing, facemasks, and background noise. NO CE CREDIT

Luis Camacho, Au.D., Andrea Hannan-Dawkes, Au.D., Michele Hurley, Au.D. and Sarah Lewandowski, Au.D.

 

Signia: Using Blended Hearing Care to Improve Hearing Aid Outcomes Over the Long Haul

Blended hearing care, as the name implies, combines in-person support with the use of tele-audiology to promote consistent, full-time hearing aid use. Too often, when faced with the challenges of becoming a hearing aid wearer, individuals give up and stop wearing their devices or are faced with having to make an inconvenient or undesirable number of return visits to the clinic. Given the challenges associated with becoming a successful hearing aid wearer, blended hearing care effectively empowers and motivates persons with hearing loss to become independent problem-solvers and better self-managers of their condition. After reviewing the five milestones of the patient journey, this course will demonstrate how two recent machine learning innovations, Signia Assistant and Telecare, enhance relationship centered care over the long haul.

Brian Taylor, Au.D.

 

CounselEar

Brian Urban, Au.D.

04:00 PM - 07:15 PM

Live Workshop: Accessible Care for Cochlear Implant Patients

Since introduction of the first multi-channel cochlear implant over 30 years ago we have watched the technology advance by leaps and bounds while hundreds of thousands of people around the world have benefited from the intervention. Changes in candidacy criteria and patient profile have evolved to the point that a cochlear implant is now considered to be the standard of care for treatment of a moderate to profound bilateral sensorineural hearing loss. The audiologic care itself is now undergoing a revolution, with provision of quality pre- and post-operative services available in traditional academic medical centers and local private practices alike. We have learned through big data projects the breadth and depth of what the typical CI recipient needs and how to appropriately measure outcomes to guide treatment. Through a combination of in clinic care, remote care, and self-care we are able to meet our patients where they are. The goal of this presentation is to review the clinic models and resources that allow care for cochlear implant patients to be accessible to all who may need it and available to all audiologists who wish to provide it. Specific topics to be discussed include remote care options. A panel of experts will culminate the session with a Q&A format.

Ginger Grant, Au.D.

This session has been approved for ABA Tier 1 Credit.

 

Live Workshop: Student Education Workshop

The continued evolution of the hearing healthcare industry is providing tremendous opportunities for the profession of Audiology. Emerging technologies, such as embedded sensors and Artificial Intelligence in hearing aids, are changing the hearing health landscape and improving the ability to deliver exceptional patient care. This three-hour session will review why hearing is essential and the important role audiologists and audiology students play in providing a patient-centered model of service delivery. We’ll discuss the co-morbidities of hearing loss and the impact of untreated hearing loss on physical, mental and emotional health and explore a variety of tools to help you optimize the art and science of hearing aid fittings. Please join Starkey thought leaders including Starkey President, Brandon Sawalich, Chief Audiology Officer, Sara Burdak, and Chief Health Officer, Archelle Georgiou to learn more about the future of audiology and the ability to thrive in today’s dynamic professional landscape.

Brandon Sawalich, Sara Burdak, Au.D. and Archelle Georgiou, M.D.

04:00 PM - 10:30 PM

Live Workshop: Amplify Your Impact: Personal Styles and Learning to Listen

Audiologists are particularly good at "content/cognitive counseling" where they deal with technical aspects of care that is information-based. The mistake audiologists make in most situations is that they see their task as just supplying cognitive data--hard cold facts and descriptions. They want to be Dr. Explanatory. There is a lack of comfort and experience in managing affect or feeling statements. Feelings are the major factor that make patients feel connected to us. This session will address the major psychological dynamics that hearing loss patients often present. Motivational Interviewing (MI) is an evidence-based method of patient communication/counseling that is designed to manage a variety of health problems such as smoking cessation, drug/alcohol addiction and diabetes management. MI goals are to resolve patient ambivalence, elicit “change talk” and move patients toward their goals, values and behavior change. Participants will receive "hands-on" training in MI.

Robert Traynor, Ed.D., MBA., David Citron, III, Ph.D., Victor Bray, Ph.D.

This session has been approved for ABA Tier 1 Credit.

Plus Additional On-Demand Sessions!

ON DEMAND

Clinical Practice: Taking the long roads or the shortcuts

In the clinic, balancing the technical tasks and the valuable services can be a challenge. It is well documented that real ear measurements not only ensure match to target and audibility, but also have a perceived value to the patient. The gain verification is clearly worth the effort, but the question is, 'how much effort?' Best practices around real ear have evolved with hearing aid technologies, but keeping abreast of the changes can be time consuming in itself. Other clinical activities such as marking impressions, completing feedback initialization, airing zinc air batteries, all grab precious minutes, but are they worth it? Another well documented concept is the value of the clinician and time spent counseling the patients. The goal of this presentation is for practitioners to be able to identify ways to tighten up time spent on tasks that are clinically important but low value, as perceived by the patient. An interactive survey will be used during this presentation.

Erica Koehler, Au.D. and Jack Scott, Ph.D.

ON DEMAND

Control Yourself! Hands-On Smartphone Security & Privacy for Audiologists

Audiologists who use a smartphone for work-related email, calls, scheduling, or social media introduce potential risks to their business and patients. To avoid patient privacy violations and HIPAA penalties, it is essential that providers understand and address mobile security risks. Attendees will see a demonstration of the personal data recoverable from a lost, stolen, or hacked smartphone. This highly-interactive session will present evidence of the importance of smartphone security and steps to secure mobile devices. The main part of the presentation will allow attendees to follow hands-on guided steps to configure seven security features of the latest version of iPhone and Android.

Josiah Dykstra, Ph.D.

ON DEMAND

Falls, Balance Training, and Your Business

Accidental falls pose a significant health risk to older adults, often leading to a loss of independence, and can abruptly alter the course of one's later years. About 40% of individuals who live at home after reaching the age of 65 will fall at least once each year. The risk of falling is even greater among those with hearing loss. Fortunately, breakthroughs in embedded sensors and artificial intelligence have enabled the development of healthable hearing aids. These new devices offer the ability to guide patients through balance training exercises, automatically detect falls and alert others. In addition to empowering audiologists to support their patients' desire to live life to its fullest, these industry-leading features can help strengthen relationships in the community.

Justin Burwinkel, Au.D.

ON DEMAND

Five Things I Wished All Audiologists Knew About Internet Marketing

We all know that internet marketing is important, but how does it fit into my audiology practice? Practice owners understand more and more the importance of their digital exposure, while at the same time seeing how much more complicated digital marketing has become. Five broad concepts related to the audiology digital marketing landscape are explained and then broken down so that a practice owner can understand where they need to be focused on and why it matters.

Paul Dybala, Ph.D.

ON DEMAND

Getting it Right: Hiring for Culture and Employee Engagement

The creation of a great culture will encourage the highest levels of employee engagement. This starts with hiring the right people. We'll show you how to attract, vet, select, and develop a team that will define the company culture you've always wanted to achieve.

Ernest Paolini, B.A.

ON DEMAND

Incorporating Humanitarian Audiology in Your Practice

In an era of disruption, we can easily lose sight of why we became audiologists. Most of us got into this field because we want to help people hear, yet we find ourselves fighting third party payers, fretting over OTC, and worrying about big box stores. There are many opportunities to help people who otherwise wouldn't have access to hearing healthcare. Humanitarian audiology can take place at home or abroad. Have you ever considered starting your own non-profit or joining an international audiology humanitarian trip? We will talk about the impact of "give-back" on you, your employees, your current patients and the new people whose lives you could change by giving the gift of hearing.

Deborah Clark, Au.D. and Jane Baxter, Au.D.

ON DEMAND

Merging Traditional Patient Acquisition with Advanced Online Marketing Techniques. What Every Small Practice Needs to Know

Ever feel like your patients really know you? Ever wish you could communicate better with those who haven't met you yet? This presentation will help you merge your tried and true marketing techniques with more cost-effective and efficient ways of keeping patients in your practice and bringing in new patients earlier in the discovery process. This presentation will cover marketing techniques that have been tested in multiple private practices, including my own. Staying ahead of your competition without blowing your budget is the key to success.

Dawn Heiman, Au.D.

ON DEMAND

Moving from HAEs to CNAs

With over-the-counter hearing aids coming to market soon and as insurance companies move to an outcome-based payment system, audiologists can differentiate their practice by providing a communication needs assessment to patients. By looking at the whole-person along with the entire scope of audiology, providers can recommend a comprehensive communication plan of care, which may include amplification, aural rehabilitation, tinnitus treatment, and hearing protection among other services. Moving away from the classic hearing aid evaluation (HAE) to a communication needs assessment (CNA) will also show the value of the audiologist's expertise and cost. Learn what questionnaires, screening tools, and testing measures will provide data to make a thorough recommendation and move your HAE beyond a widget, to a true CNA.

Alicia Spoor, Au.D.

This session has been approved for ABA Tier 1 Credit.

ON DEMAND

Privacy and Protecting Your Practice

What is a practice required to do to protect patient information today? We'll review some of the most prevalent security threats today, as well as the Office of Civil Rights' focus areas on recent penalties. We'll cover best practices for your HIPAA compliance program, including how to develop a culture of compliance (including a healthy paranoia) within your organization. Learn where to start, how to prepare your practice, what to prioritize, and documentation to maintain in case of an audit.

Joe Gellatly

ON DEMAND

The Best Time to Plant a Tree was 20 Years Ago, the Second Best Time is Now. Preparing for Your Eventual Exit

The best time to prepare your business for your eventual exit is before you see your first patient. The second best time is now, regardless of whether you intend to exit later this year, or in 30 years. Preparing your business for your exit will allow you to run your business as it should be run now, regardless of when you plan on exiting.

Scott Myatt

ON DEMAND

Hamilton CapTel - Current Crises, Future Opportunities: The Audiology Profession at the Crossroads

From his career spanning over 45 years, Dr. Harvey Abrams will lead attendees through his presentation – Current Crises, Future Opportunities: The Audiology Profession at the Crossroads – exploring current and possible future approaches to the profession including education and training, licensing, boarding and accreditation, inter-organizational relationships, emerging technologies as well as business practices and an expanded role for the audiologist – all to move forward to thrive in a dramatically different hearing healthcare landscape.

Harvey Abrams, Ph.D.