Have You Heard (June 2015)

Representatives Jenkins and Cartwright Reintroduce the Audiology Patient Choice Act, H.R. 2519
The Academy of Doctors of Audiology applauds U.S. Representatives Lynn Jenkins (R-KS) and Matt Cartwright (D-PA) who reintroduced the Audiology Patient Choice Act, H.R. 2519, on May 21st. This bi-partisan, common-sense legislation, originally introduced in 2014, will bring Medicare in line with best practices in audiologic health care by improving patient access to audiology services and promoting models of care that have been proven safe, efficient and effective.

“There is no better way to commemorate Better Hearing Month than by introducing legislation that will provide older Americans with the same freedom of choice and access to safe, efficient audiologic care as the rest of us enjoy,” said ADA President and nationally renowned audiology reimbursement expert, Kim Cavitt, Au.D. “This legislation will foster exceptional patient outcomes within Medicare, and it will do so in manner that is fiscally responsible and functionally sustainable.”

H.R. 2519 will specifically:
  • Improve access to qualified, licensed Medicare providers, by allowing seniors with a suspected hearing or balance disorder to seek treatment directly from audiologists, eliminating medical doctor order requisites for care.
  • Allow patients to choose from among all qualified providers by authorizing Medicare to reimburse audiologists for the services that
    • Medicare already covers
    • and audiologists are already licensed to provide.
  • Address the medical doctor workforce shortage confronting our country, while helping to meet the increasing demand for health care services by the growing Medicare population, through the inclusion of audiologists in the list of Medicare-recognized physicians (chiropractors, dentists, doctors of osteopathy, medical doctors, optometrists and podiatrists).
The Audiology Patient Choice Act was carefully constructed to promote high-quality, cost-effective audiologic care for Medicare patients. Visit www.18x18.org to read the ADA issue brief, The Audiology Patient Choice Act: Advancing Care Under Medicare, for a complete overview of the benefits of the bill.

“The Audiology Patient Choice Act has already been endorsed by nearly 30 leading state and national organizations representing audiologists and patients,” said ADA Advocacy Chair, Eric Hagberg, Au.D. “It is clear that the entire audiology community (republicans and democrats alike) is committed to bringing Medicare in line with today’s best practices in hearing and balance care! We will advocate tirelessly for the passage of H.R. 2519—it is undoubtedly the best way forward for our patients, for our profession and for the taxpayers!”
Multiply Your Financial Knowledge — Register for ADA’s Two-Part Fiscal Management Webinar Series featuring Dr. Robert Traynor
Join renowned audiology practice management expert, Dr. Robert Traynor, for this ADA EarShot Webinar, Fiscal Management, an introductory course that offers a basic orientation to accounting and the three most important statements used in business, the Balance Sheet, the Income Statement and the Cash flow Statement.

This two-part series (each session is 60 minutes), will provide attendees with information that will enable them to discuss accounting as it applies to an audiology practice, to review and analyze information obtained from financial statements and to be able to identify where to obtain specific information from the financial statements for analysis.
  • Part I is scheduled for Tuesday, June 23rd at 1:00 p.m. EST
  • Part II is scheduled for Tuesday, June 30th at 1:00 p.m. EST
Robert M. Traynor, Ed.D., MBA is the CEO and a practicing audiologist at Audiology Associates of Greeley, Inc., in Greeley, Colorado with particular emphasis in amplification and operative monitoring, as well as offering all general audiological services to patients of all ages.

Register now at www.audiologist.org.

This activity has been approved by the American Academy of Audiology for .1 CEUs. Academy approval of this continuing education activity does not imply endorsement of course content, specific products, or clinical procedures.
Capital Ideas at the U.S. Capitol: AuDvocate for Audiology and Much More at the 2015 Convention!
Join audiology’s most prestigious group of professional and industry thought leaders at the ADA 2015 Convention, Capital Ideas, to be held November 12-15 at the Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. Networking is one of the best ways to learn from your peers and colleagues, and there is no better place to network than inside the Beltway! Visit www.audiologist.org/events to register now!

Don't miss this excellent opportunity to join ADA on Capitol Hill on Thursday, November 12 for an entire day dedicated to lobbying for the Audiology Patient Choice Act! This is a free event, however, in order to attend, you must pre-register for the event so that we can schedule your legislative appointments in advance. While you are busy on Capitol Hill, your front office staff members can attend the Front Office Training Workshop. Please note, there is a separate fee for this workshop.

As a reminder for ADA members, your non-audiologist staff members (front office, operations, marketing etc.) may register for the ADA convention at the member rate, by virtue of your membership in ADA. Please contact Courtney Devine at cdevine@audiologist.org at ADA Headquarters for more information and to register your team.

ADA 2015 is uniquely designed for both audiologists and students involved or interested in autonomous practice. The convention schedule is dedicated to hands on education and innovation – offering you capital ideas and insightful takeaways that you can apply in your practice immediately!

*ADA is the audiology community dedicated to autonomy and independence! As an added bonus to early registrants, if you register before Independence Day - Saturday, July 4, 2015 - you will receive a free DVD set of the conference audio and Power Point presentations from the 2015 Convention!

Book Your Hotel Room Early
Book your room early! The hotel has sold out the past two years and we expect record attendance this year. Therefore, we advise you to register and reserve your room as early as possible. Also – only book your hotel using the ADA website or the links provided in this email to ensure that you are reserving a room in the official ADA block.

Student Scholarships
Students, if you would like to attend the 2015 Annual Convention but need help with funding, we encourage you to apply for and ADA Student Convention Scholarship. ADA would like to thank Starkey for its generous commitment to ensure that students have access to the ADA Convention! Visit www.audiologist.org/events for more information.