Friday, 27 March 2020

ADA Requests 1135 Waiver to Allow Safer Medicare Patient Access to Audiology Services

On Friday, March 27, 2020, ADA submitted a request to CMS Administrator, Seema Verma, MPH, seeking a 1135 Waiver to remove the requirement that Medicare beneficiaries obtain a physician order prior to seeking treatment from an audiologist and to add audiologists to the list of providers who are authorized to perform telehealth services under the Medicare program.

Download the ADA Request for a 1135 Waiver.

Friday, 13 March 2020

How should audiologists respond to the COVID-19 health emergency?

The COVID-19 virus is having a profound impact on the daily lives of all Americans, especially audiologists who serve a large senior population or who live or work in a heavily affected community or geographical are.

First, audiologists should educate themselves on the virus and its effects and consider implementing the CDC guidance, specifically, workplace school and home guidance.  This site offers the most up to date, definitive information on COVID-19 and its mitigation.

Here are some mitigation and social isolation considerations audiologists could consider:

Evaluate your practice’s financial situation and financial safety net. Should your practice fall within a containment zone or need to close for any length of time, it is important to answer these questions before the situation arises.

  • How many days, weeks or months could you financially survive without income?
  • What local, state, and federal governmental resources, subsidies, low-interest loans, or stimulus offerings are available to you and your business?
  • Do you have business interruption insurance and, if so, how does it address public health emergencies?
  • Can you reduce your business expenses and overhead expenses over the next few months, and if so, how?

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

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