ASHA, the American Academy of Audiology (AAA), and the Academy of Doctors of Audiology (ADA) have agreed to join forces to develop legislation that expands access to and coverage of audiology services under Medicare. This legislation will include provisions that all three organizations have supported in the past, as well as a new provision:
- expanding Medicare coverage to include both diagnostic and treatment services provided by an audiologist
- aligning patient access to audiology services under Medicare with patient access to audiology services outside of Medicare; and
- reclassifying audiologists from "suppliers" to "practitioners" under Medicare.
This joint effort comes during a time when our nation's health care systems are focused on outcomes and evidence-based treatments. For Medicare beneficiaries who need hearing health care services, it is critical that audiology services be positioned in this new environment and that the full scope of practice for audiologists be appropriately recognized.
Further details will be shared as developments warrant.
For questions, please contact Jeffrey P. Regan, ASHA's Director of Government Affairs and Public Policy, at email@example.com.