2013/2014 Legislative and Regulatory Priority Issues

2013/2014 Legislative and Regulatory Priority Issues

The Academy has identified a number of priority issues for the coming year that range from federal legislative and regulatory issues, coding and reimbursement initiatives and those issues impacting members on the state level. The list includes the following:

Federal Legislative Issues

  • Direct Access
  • Hearing Aid Tax Credit
  • Non-Physician Health Care Provider Scope of Practice
  • Federal Appropriations
  • Health Information Technology
  • Falls Prevention
  • Communications and Video Accessibility
  • SGR Medicare Payment Formula

Federal Regulatory Issues

  • Social Security Administration "Acceptable Medical Resource" Regulations
  • FCC Hearing Aid Cell Phone Compatibility
  • US DOT Motor Carrier Operators Medical Criteria
  • Social Security Medical Criteria Regulations
  • HIPAA Administrative Simplification Regulations

Coding & Reimbursement Issues

  • Medicare Physician Fee Schedule
  • Outpatient Prospective Payment System
  • ICD-10
  • Inpatient Prospective Payment System
  • Skilled Nursing Facility
  • CMS "Incident To" Billing Transmittals

State Issues

  • Scope of Practice — AuD
  • State Licensure
  • State Mandated Covered Benefits Legislation
  • Audioprosthologist
  • Classroom Acoustics
  • Hearing Conservation Regulations
  • State Medicare Carrier Advisory Committee (MCAC) Representation