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AT News November 2011

AT News November 2011

November 01, 2011 E-News

 

American Academy of Audiology - Audiology Today
November 2011
Let Me Hear from You:The Eye of the Storm
By Therese Walden, AuD
 

In October, your Board of Directors met in Reston, VA (during National Audiology Awareness Month and National Protect Your Hearing Month) and it is my distinct pleasure to provide a recap. To begin, I can attest that the audiologists you elected to the board are dedicated to advancing the profession of audiology and are extremely loyal to the Academy and its members.  Read more…

Academy Preferred Futures (formerly known as the Strategic Plan)
The Academy's strategic plan sets the course to shape the future of the audiology profession. The Academy's plan is a roadmap designed to take the profession to where it should go, a set of Preferred Futures (PFs). PFs are goals that we wish to accomplish at a future point in time. Each of our four PFs is achieved with a set of objectives that will help advance the profession through that PF. The planning horizon is approximately three years with annual updates. The Academy's priorities flow from these PFs, enabling the Academy to address specific needs and issues facing the profession. The Academy Board of Directors also uses PFs to develop meeting agendas, creating an ongoing review, which allows the Academy to use time and resources wisely. Review the 2012–2017 Preferred Future Chart. Read more…

2012 Active Advocate of the Year Award: Call for Nominations.
Nominate an Academy member who has exhibited extraordinary efforts to promote audiology or to advance initiatives impacting public policy issues pertinent to audiologists at the state or national level. Award to be presented at the annual State Leaders Workshop and Luncheon preceding AudiologyNOW!® 2012. Read more…

Academy Responds to CAA Request for Edits
In September 2011, the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA) requested comments on proposed edits to the current Standards for Accreditation of Graduate Education Programs in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology. In October, the Academy responded to the CAA's request, submitting consolidated comments on behalf of the Academy, the American Board of Audiology (ABA), the Accreditation Commission for Audiology Education (ACAE) and the Student Academy of Audiology (SAA). Read more…

How Did You Celebrate National Audiology Awareness Month?
Our Student Academy of Audiology chapters participated in a contest to create videos representing the profession. We received some creative videos, which were posted on YouTube, and other social media outlets, to help raise awareness during the month of October. Click here to view the videos submitted as well as the winner.

Others in the audiology community also helped to spread the word. Read more…
 
Get in the Hearing Loop Campaign in NY Times
Academy Past President Patti Kricos, PhD, was featured in the New York Times, discussing the Get in the Hearing Loop campaign. This campaign was made possible through a joint task force of Academy and Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA) members. Together, we have created a number of viable resources to inform and educate audiologists and consumers alike. Read more…
 
The Praxis II® Exam in Audiology Is Changing
Following administration of the November 2011 Audiology Praxis, scores will be reported to state licensure boards based on the 100–200 scale. A passing score will be 170 (73 percent) to be considered for licensure. Read more…

Practice Management Tip of the Month—DEMO!
Consider keeping assistive listening devices, TV ears, and wireless accessories in the waiting room for patients to try. Time permitting, do a quick demo of an open-fit product on a patient after testing. This gives your patients a quick idea of how a hearing aid will benefit them and can ease some of their concerns. You can find more tips and practice management information on the Academy Web site. Read more…
 
AudiologyNOW!® 2012 Member Registration Open
As a benefit of membership, Academy members and SAA members can register and make hotel reservations in November to take advantage of discounted registration, have the first choice of hotels, and sign up for fast selling learning labs and special events. Register today…
 
ARC 2012—Register and Submit to the Call for Posters
The Academy's Research Conference: Noise-Induced Hearing Loss: From Basic Biology to Prevention will take place on March 28, 2012—the first day of AudiologyNOW!® Don't miss the impressive lineup of presenters at this full day conference. Share your research and expertise by submitting an ARC Poster, due November 28, 2011. Student and post-doctoral scholarships are available. Read more…
 
State Advocacy Challenge
Last month, Academy president, Therese Walden, AuD, issued a challenge to each state to see whose members could make the most contacts to their members of Congress in support of direct access by December 31, 2011. Take the challenge by visiting the Academy's Legislative Action Center to find your representative and encourage him or her to support H.R. 2140. Winning state receives bragging rights and notoriety at AudiologyNOW!® Read more…
 
AAA Foundation: 20010-2011 Annual Report
Don't miss our 2010–2011 Annual Report mailed with your November/December issue of Audiology Today. You can also access it online. Read more…
 
MAP Application Now Available
Audiologists who wish to attend AudiologyNOW!® 2012 but are experiencing financial hardship (for medical, family, professional, or other personal reasons) are encouraged to apply for convention travel and registration support through the Foundation's Member Assistance Program. Applications must be received by January 13, 2012. Read more…
 
Find Bargains Early with Auction 4 Audiology: Boston Preview!
The AAA Foundation is holding a special auction, November 28–December 9, in advance of AudiologyNOW!® in Boston. Dining, entertainment, and much more are up for grabs, so come surf the sale! Read more…
New OAE CPT Screening Code and Code Descriptors for OAE CPT Codes 92587 and 92588
Effective January 1, 2012, there will be a new OAE code, 92558, "Evoked otoacoustic emissions, screening (qualitative measurement of distortion product or transient evoked otoacoustic emissions), automated analysis" and new code descriptors for the existing OAE codes, 92587 and 92588:
 
  • 92587: Distortion product evoked otoacoustic emissions, limited evaluation (to confirm the presence or absence of hearing disorder, 3-6 frequencies) or transient evoked otoacoustic emissions, with interpretation and report
  • 92588: Comprehensive diagnostic evaluation (quantitative analysis of outer hair cell function by cochlear mapping, minimum of 12 frequencies), with interpretation and report
In collaboration with ADA and ASHA, the Academy will be offering a fact sheet on the use of these codes. There will not be any new ICD-9 or HCPCS codes pertinent to audiologists for 2012.
 
Medicare Revalidation-Requirement to Receive Funds Through Electronic Funds Transfer
A provision in the Affordable Care Act requires that at the time of enrollment, enrollment change request or revalidation, providers and suppliers that expect to receive payment from Medicare for services provided must also agree to receive Medicare payments through electronic funds transfer (EFT). As part of CMS's revalidation efforts, providers not currently receiving EFT payments will be identified and required to submit the CMS 588 EFT form with the revalidation application. Read more…
 
NEW Advanced Beneficiary Notice—Must Be Used by January 1, 2012
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued a new ABN form (CMS-R-131) with a March 2011 date printed in the lower left hand corner. There are essentially no changes to this form other than the date change and you are permitted to utilize the 2008 or 2011 versions until 12/31/11. However, beginning January 1, 2012, all Medicare providers must begin using the new form. Obtain the new form and the directions for the ABN.
 
HIPAA Version 5010—Deadline in Less Than Two Months
January 1, 2012, is the deadline for the HIPAA 4010 to 5010 conversion, now less than two months away and an essential step in the ICD-10 code conversion process. You will want to check with your billing vendors, including your claims clearinghouse, to ensure that they are compliant with their systems and software. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has indicated that they will not accept 4010 claims after the January 1 deadline, which could result in delayed claims if your vendors are not in compliance. In addition, you will want to test the most common procedures you perform, to ensure a seamless transition in payment.
 
Medicare Physician Fee Schedule-Final Rule
Yesterday, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services released the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) final rule, which includes the 2012 Medicare reimbursement rates. Academy staff has completed an initial review and has provided a brief summary here. Academy staff and volunteers will further review and comment on the rule, as well as inform members of any changes pertinent to audiologists.
 
…If you rent space from a physician and pay rent above fair market value, it could be viewed as a kickback to induce referrals from that physician? This could therefore be a violation of the Anti-Kickback Statute since this statute prohibits any payment to induce referrals. For more information see the following helpful links from the Office of the Inspector General and the Association of American Medical Colleges:
 
 
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November 3–5
ADA Convention, Bonita Springs, FL

November 8
eAudiology Web Seminar: Coding and Reimbursement Series: Medicare Enrollment and Regulations (.1 CEUs)

November 9–11
British Academy of Audiology Annual Conference, Venue Cymru, Llandudno, Wales, UK

November 10–12
12th Annual Texas Academy of Audiology Conference, Dallas, TX

November 16
eAudiology Web Seminar: Assessing the Patient Who Falls: A Step-by-Step Approach (.1 CEUs)

December 1
AudiologyNOW!® 2012 registration and housing opens for nonmembers and exhibitors.

December 14
eAudiology Web Seminar: Real World Ethics for Audiologists (Tier 1) (.3 CEUs)

 

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