Have You Heard? (March 2018)

ADA Introduces a Practice Accreditation Program, Invites Member Input at Town Hall Meeting on March 28th at 8:00 p.m. EST
The Academy of Doctors of Audiology (ADA) is pleased to announce the development of a practice accreditation program to recognize clinics that meet or exceed national standards, which exemplify best clinical and business practices in the delivery of audiologic care.

Unlike certification programs, which are designed to measure the individual knowledge of audiologists, the ADA Practice Accreditation Program will measure clinic processes, and procedures against a set of peer-reviewed, evidence-based standards. ADA-accredited practices will demonstrate a commitment to patient-centered care, transparency, and adherence to clinical and ethical guidelines as outlined by leading national organizations and institutions.

The ADA Accreditation Standards Committee, comprised of ADA members from across the country and across practice settings, met in Atlanta, Georgia on February 24-25, 2018 to finalize the framework and develop accreditation standards. ADA members and other key stakeholders will have the opportunity to provide input and feedback before the accreditation standards are finalized.

At this time, ADA invites all members to attend a town hall meeting on Wednesday, March 28, 2018 at 8:00 p.m. EASTERN to learn more about the ADA Practice Accreditation Program.

Visit www.audiologist.org for more information and to register. Please contact Stephanie Czuhajewski at sczuhajewski@audiologist.org if you are interested in serving as a peer reviewer.    
The 2018 ADA Student Business Plan Competition is Now Open!
This year’s event will be scenario-based! Participating student teams will all receive the same parameters/storyline, and will be asked to construct innovative, future-facing business plans using variables created by some of the most experienced practice owners and thought leaders in the country.

Do you have an entrepreneurial spirit and a vision for the future of private practice? If so register today to participate in the 2018 ADA Student Business Plan competition.

Finalists will receive an all-expense paid trip to the AuDacity Conference to be held October 22-24, 2018, at the Gaylord Palms Resort in Orlando, Florida, where they will present their business plans in person. The Grand Prize Winner will receive a $5,000 ADA cash grant to be used to advance business objectives and enhance business and leadership skills.

Please contact Cody Jones at cjones@audiologist.org for more information. Please note: All Au.D. students, attending accredited universities, and who are ADA members in good standing are eligible to compete in the ADA 2018 Business Plan Competition.

The deadline to confirm your participation as a contestant is March 31, 2018. Please visit www.audiologist.org for more information.    
Audiology Project Webinars Now Available— and More on the Way Every 4th Tuesday
ADA is pleased to support The Audiology Project, a non-profit organization dedicated to raising awareness of chronic diseases related to hearing and balance problems. ADA has agreed to host a series of webinars to help inform members and other stakeholders about important issues.

The first webinar, held on February 27, 2018, focused on making the humanitarian case for early detection of adult hearing loss in assessing the impact of chronic disease on hearing and balance. More than 150 audiologists, primary care physicians, diabetes educators, and other interdisciplinary providers from around the world attended the session, presented by Dr. Kathy Dowd. Dr. Dowd provided substantive content to raise awareness about the link between hearing loss and other comorbidities, and the important role that audiologists play in chronic disease management.

The next webinar, Diabetes Educators and Audiology: Improving Patient Outcomes, will be held on Tuesday, March 27, 2018 at 12:30 p.m. Eastern time. During the session, led by dietitian Joanne Rinker, we will discuss hearing loss as a diabetes-related complication not typically addressed in education with people with diabetes. This webinar will increase awareness of this relationship and take action to assess and refer patients with diabetes to an audiologist.

During this session, we’ll take the time to explain the role of the diabetes educator in educating patients on the disease of diabetes and the best ways to decrease risks of complications. We’ll discuss how the educator and the audiologist can work together to provide reciprocal referrals.

Audiology Project webinars are scheduled for the 4th Tuesday of each month. Please contact Cody Jones at cjones@audiologist.org for more information and to register.    
AuDacity 2018 to Feature Two Bolder than Ever Keynote Sessions
AuDacity 2018, to be held October 22-24 at the Gaylord Palms Resort in Orlando, Florida, will feature two bolder than ever keynote sessions on Tuesday, October 23rd.

The first keynote session, presented by General Mark P. Hertling, U.S. Army (Retired) will focus on transforming healthcare by improving doctor leadership. General Hertling will apply his four decades of military leadership to the world of healthcare, resulting in a profoundly constructive and practical session with the power to reshape and reenergize your practice. Designed to help doctors master the art of leading people, this course will take you step-by-step, through a proven process that can help anyone become a more effective leader.

The second keynote session will feature Dan Price, founder and CEO of Gravity Payments, who is widely known for setting a $70K minimum wage. Price will discuss the importance of authenticity, and share his mission is to create a world where values-based companies reshape the economy, so business stops being about making the most money possible. Instead, he wants leaders to recognize that business should be about purpose, service, and making a difference. Dan believes it’s not about doing business as usual, but about doing business better.

Register now at www.audiologist.org and make plans to attend AuDacity 2018!