Have You Heard? (December 2017)

ADA Early Career Professionals Take Ownership of Profession and Champion New Initiatives
ADA’s newly established Early Career Professionals (ECP) Committee is dedicated to creating valuable resources to audiologists in the first seven years of practice. If you are interested in participating in this dynamic working group, please contact Cody Jones straightaway (at cjones@audiologist.org) and he will get you connected.

ECP Webinar: The Pathway to Practice Ownership, featuring an expert panel of ECPs who are at various points along the way to practice ownership. They will share their personal stories and talk about what works, what doesn’t and what they wish they would have known.

When: Tuesday, January 23, 2018 at 8:00 p.m. Eastern
Visit: www.audiologist.org to register.
Featured Panel: Cliff Olson, Au.D., Chrissy Lemley, Au.D., Chris Araj, Au.D., and Liz Rogers, Au.D.

Special AuDacity 2018 Offer for ECPs Attention Early Career Professional Members—register now for the 2018 AuDacity Conference Bolder than Ever, October 22-24th at the Gaylord Palms Resort and Convention Center in Orlando, Florida, and take 25% off your registration. Call 866-493-5544 to take advantage of this special offer. The ECP Committee is building out special programming just for you—don’t miss it! Visit www.audiologist.org to register today.    
Happy New Year: 2018 Coding and Billing Update Webcast Now Available Online
If you missed Dr. Cavitt’s 2018 ADA Member Coding and Billing Update webinar, held in December, your wait is over. Visit www.audiologist.org to watch it today. Effective reimbursement begins at appointment scheduling. View this important webinar, and learn about the process of effective third party reimbursement, specifically as it relates to hearing aids. In this presentation, Dr. Cavitt discusses how to manage verifying coverage and benefits and selection and fitting of hearing aids being paid in whole or in part by a third-party payer. She discusses the billing and reimbursement process and how it is intertwined with the selection and fitting, and also discusses third-party administrators and their role in the managed care arena.    
University of North Carolina Student Jasmine Wilson Takes Home Grand Prize at 2017 ADA Student Business Plan Competition
The Academy of Doctors of Audiology (ADA) is pleased to announce that Jasmine Wilson, representing the University of North Carolina, earned first place honors and a $5,000 cash grant during the 2017 ADA Student Business Plan Competition, sponsored by Fuel Medical, held Tuesday, September 26 in Uncasville, Connecticut.

The ADA Business Plan Competition was created to provide audiology students with practical hands-on business experience, and the opportunity to showcase their knowledge and creativity. Early-round activities included development of a written executive summary and business plan, which was judged on creativity, feasibility, completeness, cohesiveness, professionalism, and polish. Finalists received an all-expense-paid trip to AuDacity where the Competition culminated with a live general session featuring student presentation pitches and rapid-fire questions from the judges.

“The stick-to-itiveness, intelligence, and acumen displayed by Jasmine throughout the competition is representative of what it takes to successfully manage an audiology clinic,” said ADA President Angela Morris, Au.D. “The level of knowledge and resourcefulness displayed by all of the finalists offers great assurance that the future of audiology is in great hands!”

ADA 2017 Student Business Plan Competition honorable mentions go to Katrina Smith and Jessica Strzepek, from Salus University, who finished in second place, and Roksolana Voshchilo and Amanda McVey, also representing Salus University, who took home third place honors.

Competition Judges included Dan Quall, M.S., Sarah Laughlin, COPM-C and Ellen Baker, Au.D. Fuel Medical co-founder, Shawn Parker, served as the Master of Ceremonies.

“I would like to thank our illustrious judges for dedicating their time to the ADA Business Plan Competition,” stated Dr. Morris, “and I would like to especially thank Fuel Medical for donating the financial and intellectual resources required to sustain this valuable program!”

For more information, please contact Cody Jones at cjones@audiologist.org.    
Best of AuDacity 2017 Sessions Now Available Online
Miss AuDacity? Whether you missed it altogether, or just miss being there—you don’t have to miss any of the great content! ADA is bringing some of the most-requested sessions to you—visit www.audiologist.org to watch the webcasts.    
ADA Recognizes Exemplary Audiologists at AuDacity 2017
The 2017 AuDacity Conference brought together some of the best and brightest audiologists within the profession! On Tuesday, September 26th, several outstanding audiologists were recognized for their significant contributions to the profession of audiology.

ADA President, Dr. Angela Morris, presented Jana Brown, Au.D., with the Leo Doerfler Award to commemorate the outstanding clinical services that she has provided in her community throughout her career.

"Dr. Brown is a most deserving recipient who exemplifies outstanding clinical services and the very best in patient care,” said Dr. Morris. “Over the course of her 30-year career, she has consistently demonstrated outstanding efforts to accommodate patients, and to meet them where they are.”

Dr. Morris presented Debra Abel, Au.D., the Joel Wernick Award, which recognizes an outstanding educational contribution within the profession of audiology or the field of hearing science.

"Dr. Abel is a true renaissance woman, widely recognized for her expertise in the areas of billing, coding, and reimbursement,” noted Dr. Morris. “Dr. Abel is an avid teacher and transformative leader who is widely sought after to present at training seminars, to author articles, and to answer one-on-one questions on quality outcome measures and practice operations.”

Dr. Morris presented Kristin Davis, Au.D. and Alexandra Tarvin, Au.D. with the Craig W. Johnson Audiology Advocate Award, which was established to honor the memory and accomplishments of Craig W. Johnson and to recognize an individual who has made significant contributions to the profession of audiology through federal and/or state advocacy.

According to Dr. Morris, “Drs. Davis and Tarvin have been instrumental in advancing the Audiology Patient Choice Act in Congress. They have mobilized legislators and audiologists to secure public policy changes that will improve patient care and provide professional parity for audiologists with other clinical doctoring professionals. Dr. Davis and Dr. Tarvin are the examples to follow for effective advocacy to move the profession forward.”

Dr. Morris presented the South Carolina Academy of Audiology (SCAA) with the President’s Service Award for Advocacy, to recognize SCAA’s contributions to ADA’s advocacy efforts in support of its mission.

“The South Carolina Academy of Audiology was the first organization to endorse the Audiology Patient Choice Act in 2013,” noted Dr. Morris. “Since that time, SCAA and its members have worked tirelessly to promote this legislation to audiology members and members of Congress. We cannot thank them enough for their hard work!”    
Advocacy Update: The Audiology Patient Choice Act Garners Support from HLAA—ADA Members Can AuDvocate at Home
The 18x18 Movement continues to progress, and members of Congress are getting the message loud and clear that Medicare needs to be brought in line with today’s best practices in hearing and balance health care. The Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA) recently endorsed the Audiology Patient Choice Act, H.R. 2276, which highlights the importance of this legislation to Medicare patients!

There has also been unprecedented interest from ADA members in advancing the Audiology Patient Choice Act by meeting with their legislators at the local level. Audiologists around the country are connecting with their representatives in Congress at community events and local town hall meetings, and you can too! ADA has developed a variety of downloadable resources that you can use to advocate for the Audiology Patient Choice Act! Visit www.audiologist.org/advocacy for more information.

Take Advantage of 2018 Election Year! 2018 is an election year for every member in the U.S. House of Representatives, and your vote matters. Click here to see who is co-sponsoring the Audiology Patient Choice Act. If your U.S. Representative is not listed there, now is the time to write, call, and e-mail his/her office to make a formal request for support. ADA is here to help! If you’d like assistance getting in touch with your legislator—or with drafting a compelling letter, please contact Adam Haley at ahaley@audiologist.org and he will gladly help you!    
Seeking Advocacy Committee Members
We can send a strong message to Congress if every single member commits time and resources in order to make the Audiology Patient Choice Act a reality! Contact Adam Haley at ahaley@audiologist.org to participate on the Advocacy committee for the 2018-2019.