On June 12, Congressman Gus Bilirakis (R-FL) introduced the Medicare Audiology Services Enhancement Act of 2013, H.R. 2330, bipartisan legislation that would provide senior citizens with a Medicare audiology benefit which would allow access to both diagnostic and rehabilitative services. Please request that your Representative sign on as a cosponsor to this important legislation.
Medicare beneficiaries should have access to audiologists for both diagnostic and treatment services—similar to those already available to Medicare beneficiaries from other practitioners. H.R. 2330 would provide Medicare coverage of comprehensive audiology services in coordination with current billing and reimbursement standards, consistent with other non-physician services covered by Medicare. H.R. 2330 would allow audiologists to bill for hearing and balance assessment services, auditory treatment services (including auditory processing and auditory rehabilitation treatment), vestibular treatment, and intraoperative neurophysiologic monitoring. This legislation would enable beneficiaries to enjoy greater access to services that address their needs.
For more information on this issue, see ASHA's Q&A on Comprehensive Medicare Coverage of Audiology Services or contact Ingrida Lusis, ASHA's director of federal & political advocacy, with any questions at firstname.lastname@example.org.