Headquarters Report: Fork it Over for Audiology

As we head into the final throes of a tumultuous election season, it is easy to become cynical about advancing legislative initiatives like the Audiology Patient Choice Act. Please don’t!

The fact is that your support and commitment has never been more important, or necessary to this effort, than it is right now. It is time to Fork it Over for Audiology! Fork it over to improve access to qualified, licensed Medicare providers, by allowing seniors with a suspected hearing or balance disorder to seek evaluation and rehabilitation directly from audiologists, eliminating archaic medical doctor order requirements.

Fork it over to allow patients to choose among qualified providers for Medicare-covered audiology services by authorizing Medicare to reimburse audiologists for the medically reasonable and necessary Medicare-covered services that they are licensed to provide within their current state-defined scopes of practice. These services are already covered by Medicare when delivered by other providers, including non-physician practitioners.

Fork it over to 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, through the inclusion of audiologists in the list of Medicare-recognized limited license physicians (i.e. chiropractors, dentists, optometrists and podiatrists).
How can you fork it over?
ADA members at the grassroots level are taking the Tuning Fork Challenge and forking it over for the Audiology Patient Choice Act! You can help set the tone and the table for professional parity under Medicare!

Please visit the ADA Facebook page and share these great videos and posts with your friends and colleagues to raise awareness about the Audiology Patient Choice Act. Make your video, post it and pass the fork and the challenge to one of your friends or colleagues. In addition, please visit the ADA advocacy page and do one or all of the following:
  • Schedule a Reverse Fly in, or visit your legislators in your district during the recess!
  • Donate to the ADA Advocacy or PAC Fund
  • Order your free patient brochures, designed to inform your Medicare patients so that they can take action.
  • Contact your legislators using ADA’s Congressional Connect resource!
Tell your friends to fork it over for the Audiology Patient Choice Act. Donations of time, talent and treasure will be used to advance access to audiology services for Medicare patients and professional parity for audiologists.