Academy Endorses Audiology Patient Choice Act
On May 21, Representatives Lynn Jenkins (R-KS) and Matt Cartwright (D-PA) introduced H.R. 2519, the Audiology Patient Choice Act. This legislation was previously introduced in the 113th Congress. If passed, this bill would grant audiologists limited license physician status under the Medicare program, and effectively:
Eliminate the requirement for Medicare patients to obtain a physician order prior to seeing an audiologist
Allow for comprehensive audiologic benefits under Medicare
The Academy fully supports the autonomous practice of audiologists, and views physician status as an essential component to realizing this important goal. The Academy views its endorsement of this legislation an important step in bringing the audiology community together to pursue a shared legislative agenda in the 114th Congress.