Friday, 22 February 2019
ADA Members Support Collaborative Legislative Initiative with ASHA and AAA to Improve Medicare Patient Access and Advance Audiology Profession
On Tuesday, February 19th, members of ADA spoke loud and clear in support of a collaborative public policy initiative that will allow ADA to partner with the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA) and the American Academy of Audiology (AAA) to advance legislation that will:
- Allow Medicare patients to have direct access to audiologists, removing the physician order requirement,
- Allow audiologists to be reimbursed for Medicare-covered services within their scope of practice, and
- Reclassify audiologists as Limited License Practitioners within the Medicare system.
The proposed legislation aligns broadly with tenets from the Audiology Patient Choice Act. However, it differs in one key way: The new initiative will seek to reclassify audiologists from suppliers to Limited License Practitioners rather than to Limited License Physicians. This change was carefully considered and deemed appropriate to unify the broader audiology community, while maintaining assurances of autonomy and professional recognition for audiologists--and improved access to audiologic care for Medicare patients.
During the February 19th Town Hall Meeting, ADA members learned about the benefits of the proposed legislative initiative and had the opportunity to ask questions to ADA volunteers, Medicare reimbursement experts, and legislative consultants.
“ADA is pleased to partner with ASHA and AAA in this unified legislative effort,” said ADA President, Dr. Ram Nileshwar, “and we are extremely grateful to members and APCA supporters for their tireless efforts over the past six years to bring these policy initiatives to the forefront in Congress and within the audiology community.”