Have You Heard? (March 2017)

AuDacity Program to Defy Convention
AuDacity 2017 will ‘Defy Convention’! Join us September 25 – 27 at Mohegan Sun Casino Resort in Uncasville, CT, for a truly groundbreaking conference. Change is upon us—and the conference dates and location are just the beginning!

Pre-registration is now available: visit www.audiologist.org to register and reserve your hotel room before the ADA room block sells out.

Click here to view the preliminary schedule of events. Showcase Your Products, Services and Technology in the AuDacity Marketplace
Do you want to reach the change makers and leaders in the audiology community? If so, sign up now to exhibit and sponsor at AuDacity! This will give you best opportunity to interact with private-practice owners from across the country. Visit www.audiologist.org or contact Cody Jones at cjones@audiologist.org for a customized sponsorship package.    
Input Requested: Take the ADA Member Survey on Group Purchasing Organizations (GPOs) Today
At the ADA 2016 Annual Membership Meeting, member attendees charged ADA leaders to explore the establishment or endorsement of a co-op, group purchasing organization (GPO) to leverage buying power and obtain the lowest cost of goods (including hearing aids) for ADA members and other audiologists, with a secondary goal of earning royalty revenue for ADA advocacy initiatives.

ADA has diligently assessed the idea and conducted extensive research to explore opportunities. After careful consideration, ADA has decided not to create a new ADA-affiliated GPO. However, ADA is committed to working with existing organizations to identify strategic partnerships that will benefit ADA members. ADA has established a task force to research potential opportunities and partnerships. The first step in the process is to collect relevant information from ADA members that will help further assess demand.

To that end, please take the following link to complete a confidential survey that will help determine if ADA should expend additional resources on this initiative: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ADAGPOSurvey.

The survey should take no more than 10 minutes. Please complete the survey by April 15th. ADA will share the aggregate results with ADA members. Individual results will remain confidential.    
Reminder: Register to Attend April 18th FTC Workshop Virtually or In-Person
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced that it is hosting a workshop in Washington, DC on April 18, 2017, to examine competition, innovation, and consumer protection issues raised by hearing health and technology, particularly hearing aids and devices with similar functions and features.

ADA is pleased to learn that the FTC is taking overt action to bring together researchers, health care providers, industry representatives, consumer representatives, policymakers, and others to examine ways in which enhanced competition and innovation might increase the availability and adoption of hearing aids by those consumers who need them.

Click here to read the full release.

Visit the workshop webpage, where you can find more information and register to attend virtually or in-person—or provide comments to the FTC.    
Help Shape the Future of ADA – Volunteer Opportunities Available for Key Initiatives
You are the difference that drives ADA! If you are willing to donate 1-2 hours per month, we have several opportunities where your talents can be applied!
  • 18x18 Steering Committee
  • Awards Committee
  • Mentoring & Early Career Task Force
  • Audiologist’s Assistants Resource Committee
  • Public Awareness Task Force
Please contact Stephanie Czuhajewski at sczuhajewski@audiologist.org for more information and to sign up to serve.    
Call for Webinar Proposals
ADA is currently seeking presenters interested in leading webinar sessions on topics of interest to audiologists and private practice owners. Webinars are typically 50 minutes in length with 10 minutes of Q & A at the end.

Please submit your proposals via email to Cody Jones at cjones@audiologist.org. Proposals should include:
  • Title of webinar
  • Topic of webinar
  • Presenter biographical information
   
U.S. District Court Grants IHS Motion to Dismiss ADA Lawsuit
On February 21st, the United States District Court in Detroit issued an order dismissing the lawsuit brought by ADA against IHS to prevent IHS from issuing Tinnitus Provider Certificates to people not licensed or competent to provide tinnitus diagnostic and treatment services.

While ADA is disappointed with the court’s decision and disagrees with it, we remain committed to protecting audiology’s scope of practice and the public. ADA is exploring all available options for legal recourse. ADA will continue to advocate for the delivery of high quality care for tinnitus patients, just as we have for the past 40 years.