Have You Heard? (June 2019)

ADA’s AuDition—Setting the Stage for Audiology’s Future
With the help of ADA member stakeholders, ADA recently made some improvements to the AuDition career connection platform. AuDition is setting the stage for audiologists and audiology students to train, practice, partner, hire, buy, sell, and succeed. It is the only matching system designed specifically for audiologists, Au.D. students, and practice owners. ADA's AuDition system brings audiology’s present and future together to achieve mutual goals.

If you are looking for an extern/externship, professional position, partnership, or practice to buy or sell, please visit audiologist.org/audition/welcome-to-audition.

Potential Preceptors: Give back to the profession by being part of the training of future audiologists. If you’re not sure where to begin, head over to AuDition, set up your profile, and connect with students seeking an externship! If you're interested in taking on a student extern, remember to click the "Externships Available" tab.

How do I use the ADA AuDition system?
  1. Complete your profile (buyer, seller, student, employee, preceptor, partner, etc.).
  2. Include your curriculum vitae (C.V.), key practice information, specialties, and a personal statement.
  3. Browse opportunities.
  4. Contact individuals who have opportunities that interest you.    
Written Recommendation for Hearing Aid Document Now Available in the ADA Practice Resource Catalogue
Visit the ADA Practice Resource Catalogue and take advantage of complimentary members-only documents, located at the bottom of the page, including the recently added Written Recommendation for Hearing Aids, which is required by United Healthcare Commercial Insurance plans who offer hearing aid coverage and benefits. While this form is similar to a medical clearance waiver, it contains the specific language (written recommendation for hearing aids) outlined by the United Healthcare medical policy. This form is provided in a Word format. Other documents that are complimentary for members include:
  • Medical Clearance
  • Medical Waiver
  • Customized Advanced Beneficiary Notice (ABN) - Required
  • Customized Advanced Beneficiary Notice (ABN) - Voluntary
Please note, you must be logged in to download the complimentary documents and to take advantage of the member discount on all ADA products.    
Volunteer Opportunities Available— ADA Needs You!
Advance your profession and expand your professional network through ADA volunteer service. ADA is currently seeking member volunteers to serve on the following committees: Advocacy & Public Policy, Practice Accreditation, and Member Publications & Resources. The time commitment varies by committee but is typically 1-2 hours each month. Please contact Stephanie Czuhajewski at sczuhajewski@audiologist.org to learn more and find out how you can get involved in these and other ADA service opportunities.    
Attend ADA Lobby Day 2019 and #AuDvocate for Your Patients and the Audiology Profession
Make plans to join your colleagues on Thursday, November 14, 2019, for ADA Lobby Day on Capitol Hill. Attendees will be transported from the Gaylord National Resort & Conference Center in National Harbor, Maryland to Capitol Hill, in the heart of Washington D.C., to meet with members of Congress and their staff.

Building off the legislative progress that the audiology community has made in recent years, ADA, along with the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA) and the American Academy of Audiology (AAA) have joined together for the 116th Congress to work collaboratively on a legislative proposal to improve patient access to audiology services under Medicare Part B. Specifically, we are asking Congress to enact legislation that will:
  • Provide Medicare patients with direct access to audiologists, eliminating the physician order requirement. As medical necessity would still be required for treatment, this would not increase cost—it would avoid duplication of services and increase efficiency while preserving safe, effective care.
  • Allow seniors to choose from among all qualified providers for audiologic services by directing CMS to reimburse audiologists for the Medicare-covered services that they are licensed to provide under their state-defined scope of practice. These services are already covered under Medicare, when delivered by other providers.
  • Classify audiologists as practitioners under the Medicare program, so that they can be most effectively deployed within the Medicare system.
In order to make audiology’s voice heard on Capitol Hill, we need as many ADA members and audiology advocates to attend Lobby Day as possible! Please contact Adam Haley at ahaley@audiologist.org or visit www.audiologist.org for more information and to register for ADA Lobby Day.