The Audiology Quality Consortium (AQC), currently chaired by the Academy, submitted comments to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) regarding changes to audiology quality measures and reporting responsibilities under the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS).
The mission of the AQC is to:
- Collaborate on the analysis and recommendation of audiology quality measures for use in the CMS Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) and with other health-care payers.
- Monitor the status of audiology quality measures for reporting under MIPS and other health-care payers.
- Respond to proposed rules and measure changes by CMS and other measure owners on behalf of the audiology community.
- Educate audiologists regarding audiology quality reporting and MIPS requirements.
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Representatives Bilirakis and Cartwright Introduce the Medicare Audiology Access Improvement Act of 2023 (H.R. 6445)
On November 17, 2023, Representative Gus Bilirakis (R-FL) and Matt Cartwright (D-PA) introduced the Medicare Audiology Access improvement Act (H.R. 6445). This legislation is also co-sponsored by Representatives Johnson (R-OH), Shakowsky (D-IL), Mace (R-SC), Blunt Rochester (D-DE), Fitzpatrick (R-PA), Trone (D-MD), Webster (R-FL), Cohen (D-TN), LaMalfa (R-CA), Grijalva (D-AZ), Foster (D-IL) and Pocan (D-WI). Senators Elizabeth…