Tuesday, 09 November 2021

House bill adds new Medicare hearing benefits

As we previously highlighted, Congress is considering adding new hearing benefits to Medicare. The current amended version of the Build Back Better Act (H.R. 5376) being considered by the U.S. House of Representatives includes several hearing-related provisions that would impact Medicare patients and providers, if enacted. The bill would add coverage of treatment services provided by audiologists—for the first time in the program’s history—and reclassify audiologists as practitioners adding them to the list of providers eligible to furnish services via telehealth.

Friday, 15 October 2021

AuDacity Featured Keynote Speaker Kevin Franck, Ph.D.

Audiologist, Kevin Franck, Ph.D., is Senior Vice President of Strategic Marketing and New Product Planning at Frequency Therapeutics, where he leads pre-commercial strategy for the company’s clinical pipeline featuring novel therapies aimed to restore hearing function and enhance the ability to understand speech for patients with sensorineural hearing loss. Dr. Franck joined Frequency from Massachusetts Eye and Ear, where he served as Director of Audiology. He previously co-founded Ear Machine, a startup funded by the National Institutes of Health prior to its acquisition by Bose in 2014.

Friday, 24 September 2021

ADA Board of Directors Election Results

The Academy of Doctors of Audiology (ADA) is pleased to announce that Dawn Heiman, Au.D. has been elected to serve as ADA’s president-elect for the 2022 program year.

Dr. Heiman is the founder of Advanced Audiology Consultants, LLC, a private practice in Woodridge, Illinois. She is also the visionary and president of EntreAudiology, which offers peer-to-peer learning, ad training programs for patients and caregivers. She holds a Doctor of Audiology (Au.D.) degree from George Osborne School of Audiology at Salus University. Dr. Heiman currently serves on the ADA Board as a director-at-large.

Wednesday, 22 September 2021

ADA and Woodford Reserve Roll Out the Barrel for MAASA

Reserve Your Reserve While Supplies Last!

Attention AuDvocates!

ADA is partnering with Woodford Reserve to bottle a select (and super AuDacious), signature barrel of Kentucky’s finest bourbon to support the Medicare Audiologist Access and Services Act (MAASA).

The MAASA barrel of Woodford Reserve Distiller’s Select contains enough custom-blended bourbon to fill only 180, 1-liter commemorative bottles—bottles that we have “Reserved” as a free gift for AuDvocates who donate $500 to the Eric N. Hagberg Advocacy Fund between now and October 27th (while supplies last).

Wednesday, 18 August 2021

Medicare Expansion for Hearing, Vision, and Dental Coverage: An Update from AAA, ADA, and ASHA

Policy recommendations to expand Medicare to include hearing, vision, and dental coverage have gained increasing support from influential members of Congress over the past few years. President Biden has also identified Medicare modernization as one of the key health care priorities for his Administration.

A legislative package to include expanded Medicare hearing services and hearing aids (as well as vision and dental services) is currently being drafted by key congressional committees for potential consideration by the full Congress in Fall 2021. This legislation may be considered under expedited budget reconciliation procedures that require a simple majority vote for passage in the U.S. Senate, potentially increasing its chances for approval.

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