Have You Heard? (January 2020)

Exceptional Audiologists Honored at AuDacity 2019
AuDacity brought together some of audiology’s most exceptional practitioners. On November 15th, several outstanding audiologists and one practice were recognized for incredible clinical, educational, and advocacy contributions to the profession, patients, and the community. ADA President, Dr. Ram Nileshwar, presented Stacey Baldwin, Au.D. of Associated Audiologists with the Craig W. Johnson Award in recognition of her state and national advocacy efforts, including the development of a state organization advocacy contact database and recruitment of physician support for streamlined access to audiology services for Medicare beneficiaries.

“Dr. Baldwin is a tireless advocate for her patients and an inspiration to her colleagues and to us all,” said Dr. Nileshwar. Dr. Nileshwar presented Robert Traynor, Ed.D. with the Joel Wernick Award in recognition of his outstanding educational contributions within the profession of audiology. Dr. Traynor has committed more than four decades to teaching students and training clinicians within the profession of audiology, with an emphasis on hearing and tinnitus rehabilitation. In addition, he authored Strategic Practice Management, the most widely used textbook for audiology practice management classes in the United States.

“It is no surprise that Dr. Traynor is also a preeminent resource on the business of audiology,” noted Dr. Nileshwar, “since he achieved his educational accomplishments all the while owning and operating a private practice.”

Dr. Nileshwar presented Jane Baxter, Au.D. and Deborah Clark, Au.D., along with their entire practice, Pacific Hearing Service, with the Leo Doerfler Award, the ADA’s most prestigious honor, which recognizes a private practice audiologist who has demonstrated outstanding clinical services in the community.

“For the first time in history, the Leo Doerfler Award is being presented to an entire practice,” said Dr. Nileshwar. “Dr. Clark, Dr. Baxter, and Pacific Hearing Service have made unrivaled clinical contributions within their community and around the world. The innovative team at Pacific Hearing Service is leading the way in delivering evidence-based care, while going out of its way to make sure that everyone can get it. The model of care that they have developed has markedly increased access to affordable audiology services, without sacrificing quality or efficacy.”    
Ring in the New Decade in Style— Chime in on the ADA Strategic Plan
ADA is committed to advancing high-value, member-driven initiatives. To that end, we need your help and input. Please take the following link to the ADA 2020 Strategic Planning Member Input Survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ADA2020Plan.

Please complete the survey by January 31, 2020 and you will receive a separate link to register for your chance to win free registration to AuDacity 2020 and other great prizes.    
A Healthy Paranoia: Top Focus Areas for HIPAA and Security Today Webinar Now Available for Download
Presented by Joe Gellatly, CEO of Medcurity, this webinar provides insight about some of the most prevalent threats today, including the Office of Civil Rights’ focus areas on recent penalties, and covers best practices for your HIPAA compliance program, including how to develop a culture of compliance within your organization. Learn where to start, what to prioritize, and the documentation to maintain in case of an audit. View now (you must be logged in).    
MAASA Gains Momentum: Let’s Keep it Going in 2020
Thanks to the tenacious and spirited efforts of AuDvocates nationwide, the Medicare Audiologist Access and Services Act (MAASA), H.R. 4056 and S. 2446, picked up a lot of steam and a lot of co-sponsors during the second half of 2019. At this time, H.R. 4056 has nearly 60 co-sponsors in the U.S. House of Representatives and S. 2446 has seven (7) cosponsors in the U.S. Senate. Many of these co-sponsors were added as a result of strong participation in ADA Lobby Day and diligent follow up activities during November and December.

2020 offers even more opportunities to advance this common-sense, bi-partisan legislation—and with your continued commitment, MAASA will undoubtedly secure the additional Congressional support it needs for passage. Make your New Year’s resolution to AuDvocate for AuDiology! Here are five things you can do right away:
  1. Please take the following link to Congressional Connect to remind your legislators to support H.R. 4056 and S. 2446.
  2. Organize a reverse-fly-in and invite a member of Congress to your practice!
  3. Ask your state audiology organization(s) to endorse the Medicare Audiologist Access and Services Act if they have not done so already.
  4. Please click here to view the list of endorsing organizations
  5. If you attended ADA Lobby Day and your legislator has not co-sponsored yet, please follow up with the staff person that you met with and ask again for the legislator’s support.
Tell your patients to use Congressional Connect to contact their legislators as well!