Monday, 10 February 2020

Business Plan Competition & Practice Management Webinar Series

The Academy of Doctors of Audiology (ADA) is holding a Business Plan Competition! All students will have access to great resources throughout the entire process of creating their business plan, and winners will receive scholarships!

The Student Academy of Doctors of Audiology (SADA) will also be hosting live webinars by experts in a variety of topics in practice management. Who can benefit from our Practice Management Webinar Series? Students who plan on becoming: clinic directors, owners of private practices, 40% of all audiologists who work in private practice at some point during their careers, and Business Plan competitors! The Webinar series is designed to aid in creating the business plan, educate students who may not have a Practice Management course, and provide the opportunity to ask questions to the experts!


Thursday, 30 January 2020

Re: Patients Over Paperwork: Request for Relevant Information to Address Scope of Practice/Restrictive Limitations ...

The Academy of Doctors of Audiology (ADA), a recognized leader in the advancement of evidence-based clinical practices in the delivery of audiologic and vestibular services, applauds President Donald J. Trump for his commitment to “eliminate regulations that create inefficiencies or otherwise undermine patient outcomes,” as outlined in Executive Order #13890 on Protecting and Improving Medicare for Our Nation’s Seniors, issued on October 3, 2019.

ADA appreciates the opportunity to provide information to advance the Administration’s innovative Patients over Paperwork initiative through the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), which seeks to eliminate regulations that contain more restrictive supervision requirements than existing state scope of practice laws, or that limit health professionals from practicing at the top of their license.

Archaic Medicare regulations impede access to timely hearing and balance health care services for millions of Medicare Part B beneficiaries, create unnecessary office visits and Medicare expenditures, and prevent audiologists from performing the safe, effective diagnostic testing services that they are specifically trained and licensed to provide in all 50 states and U.S. territories for patients of all ages.

Of particular concern is the baseless requirement, exclusive to Medicare Part B beneficiaries, that mandates them to obtain a physician order before seeing an audiologist for medically-necessary diagnostic testing, as a requirement for coverage. By contrast, private insurers, including most Medicare Advantage plans, allow and encourage patients to go directly to audiologists for the provision of covered services. Other federal programs, including the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and the Federal Employees Health Benefit Plan, also allow patients to seek diagnostic services directly from audiologists, without the need for a physician order.


Thursday, 23 January 2020

Early Career Professional Town Hall Forum Monday, January 27th

ADA Early Career Professionals and Students are invited to attend a town hall forum on Monday, January 27, 2020 at 8:00 p.m. EASTERN. During the forum, hosted by the ECP/Student working group, we will discuss ideas about the projects, tools, resources, education, and networking opportunities that will be most useful to early career professionals (within the first 5 years of practice), and students transitioning over the next 3-18 months

Thursday, 23 January 2020

The Invisible Handicap of Hearing Loss and Risk of Falls

Audiologists have an opportunity to bring the invisible handicap of hearing loss and risk of falls due to diabetes, cardiovascular disease, etc to this federal agency. Please click on this link and add you comments along with data, research etc, which you can find on our website.

Add your voice to the silent epidemic of hearing loss and balance issues! Be a part of the solution.

Friday, 27 December 2019

New MIPS Measures for 2020

Attention ADA members, please find important information from Dr. Kim Cavitt regarding MIPS Measures for 2020.

Merit Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS):
The 2020 Medicare Final Rule maintained the 2019 low volume thresholds ($90,000 in Medicare Part B covered professional services, providing covered care to 200 or more Medicare beneficiaries and providing 200 or more covered Medicare services). As a result, most audiologists will continue to be voluntary MIPS reporters, with the exception of those working within a Medicare Alternative Payment Model (APM; this is uncommon in private audiology practices with no medical practice or hospital affiliation).


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