Christopher Spankovich

Christopher Spankovich

Christopher Spankovich, AuD, PhD, MPH, is an associate professor and vice chair of research in the Department of Otolaryngology and Communicative Sciences at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, Mississippi. He is also an associate editor for Audiology Today and www.audiology.org.

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OPINION EDITORIAL | Otolaryngology and Audiology in a Direct-Access Future

The American Academy of Audiology (the Academy), the Academy of Doctors of Audiology (ADA), and the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA) are together seeking changes in Medicare rules. The changes proposed will allow Medicare patients direct access to audiology services without a referral from a physician and would reclassify audiologists as practitioners. Classification as practitioners would allow audiologists to be recognized by Medicare (i.e., reimbursed by Medicare) for the full scope of their state-defined licensure law.

Topic(s): Advocacy, direct access