In a letter to the Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS), the Academy requests that the agency exercise the full extent of its regulatory authority to allow Medicare beneficiaries to access audiology services via telehealth.
CMS is expected to be issuing additional guidance about telehealth in the coming days to further reduce regulatory barriers and maximize provider participation for the benefit of Medicare beneficiaries.
Medicare currently lags behind the Veterans Administration, some private payers, and state licensing boards in allowing direct access to audiology services and for them to be provided via telehealth.
Access to hearing health care during the COVID-19 pandemic is critical, and telehealth delivery offers the most protection to the high-risk Medicare population.
On July 16, 2021, the Nova Southeastern University Student Academy of Audiology (SAA) chapter held their annual Capitol Hill Day through a completely virtual format. Students and professors started out the day with an advocacy overview with the Academy’s Senior Director of Government Relations Susan Pilch, JD. Students, professors, and Academy staff then attended virtual…
Academy Urges Health and Human Services to Recognize Role of Audiologists with Over-the-Counter Hearing Aid Devices
Today, Academy President Angela Shoup, PhD, sent a letter to U.S. Secretary of the Health and Human Services (HHS), The Honorable Xavier Becerra, to express the Academy’s concerns about the Administration’s oversimplification of hearing loss and treatment in the advancement of over-the-counter (OTC) devices, as reflected in President Biden’s recent Executive Order and accompanying fact…
President Biden’s Executive Order Aimed at Improving Competition Highlights Over-the-Counter Hearing Aids
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