Have You Heard? (June 2017)

Representative Tom Rice Introduces the Audiology Patient Choice Act
Washington, D.C.—The Academy of Doctors of Audiology commends U.S. Representative Tom Rice (R-SC) for his leadership in introducing H.R. 2276, the Audiology Patient Choice Act. This bipartisan, common-sense legislation, if enacted, will bring Medicare in line with evidence-based practices in audiologic health care delivery models, and trends in patient care and participatory medicine.

“My goal is to create policies that give South Carolinians and all Americans access to high quality, efficient health care services under Medicare,” said Congressman Rice. “The Audiology Patient Choice Act will cut red tape and streamline policy so that Medicare patients can receive necessary care in a more convenient way.”

The Audiology Patient Choice Act will remove existing barriers to care for millions of Americans by allowing Medicare Part B patients with a suspected hearing or balance problem to go directly to the audiologist, without obtaining an order from a medical doctor. It will also allow patients to choose from among qualified providers for Medicare-covered audiologic services, and it will also help 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.

Representative Lynn Jenkins (R-KS) and Representative Matt Cartwright (D-PA) join Representative Rice as original co-sponsors of the Audiology Patient Choice Act. Visit www.18x18.org to learn more.

ADA is planning a virtual lobby day in July, 2017. Please contact Adam Haley at ahaley@audiologist.org to receive important information for you and your Medicare patients about this event.    
ADA Partners with the Kingham Collective to Deliver Audiology Assistant Education for ADA Member Practices
ADA is pleased to announce that it has partnered with the Kingham Collective, a company focused on the advancement and training of Audiology Assistants in the Audiology community, to offer ADA member practices a discount on Audiology Assistant Training Online, which was developed to train the growing role of Audiology Assistant or Audiology Technician.

Through the partnership with the Kingham Collective, ADA member practices will receive an exclusive 20% discount off the cost of the Complete Audiology Assistant Training if they register by September 30th. The discount code to take advantage of this resource can be found in the ADA members only area. Visit www.audiologyacademy.com for more information and to enroll your audiology assistant.

“ADA is excited to partner with the Kingham Collective to offer this valuable benefit to members,” said Stephanie Czuhajewski, ADA executive director. “We recognize the important role that audiology assistants play, and we want to make sure that our members have access to training resources to help their employees and practices thrive.”

ADA now offers Audiology Assistant memberships. Audiology Assistants who complete the Kingham Collective program are eligible to receive 50 percent off of their annual ADA membership. Please contact Courtney Devine at cdevine@audiologist.org for more information.    
ADA Submits Comments to the Federal Trade Commission Following its Now Hear This Workshop
On May 17, 2017, ADA submitted comments to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) following the FTC-hosted workshop, Now Hear This: Competition, Innovation, and Consumer Protection Issues in Hearing Health Care, which was held in April. The workshop was held to explore competition, innovation, and consumer protection issues raised by hearing health and technology, especially hearing aids.

Researchers, health care providers, industry representatives, consumer representatives, policymakers, and others participated in workshop panels to examine ways in which enhanced competition and innovation might increase the availability and adoption of hearing aids by those consumers who need them. In addition, the workshop examined how to balance consumer health and safety issues with consumer interests in greater competition and innovation, and ensure consumers have access to truthful and non-misleading information about hearing health products and services.

ADA believes in best business and clinical practices in the delivery of audiologic services—and ADA’s comments reflect those beliefs.    
Seven Teams Advance to the Next Round of the Student Business Plan Competition
Seven teams have been selected to advance to the next round of the 2017 ADA Student Business Plan Competition, which will culminate with a live presentation on Tuesday, September 26 during the AuDacity Conference.

Semi-finalists include the following individual/team contestants:
  • Callie Henley and Megan Barnett – Auburn University
  • Shelby Hooks and Elizabeth Burns – Auburn University
  • Jasmine Wilson – University of North Carolina
  • Roksolana Voshchilo and Amanda McVey – Salus University
  • Katelyn Kenderdine and Katharine Klinger – Salus University
  • Candace Miller and Demiana Samuel – Salus University
  • Katrina Smith and Jessica Strzepek – Salus University
“Every year this competition becomes increasingly popular with students, and this year we received the highest number of entries on record,” said ADA President Angela Morris, Au.D. “We are very grateful for Fuel Medical Group’s partnership for the Business Plan Competition. They truly recognize the benefits of business training for future practitioners, and share ADA’s vision for autonomous practice.”

Competition finalists will be selected in July, and will receive an all-expense paid trip to the ADA 2017 Annual Convention, AuDacity, where they will present their business plans in person to a live audience. The Grand Prize Contestant/Team will receive a $5,000 ADA cash grant to be used to advance business objectives, and enhance business and leadership skills.