Kate Thomas

Kate Thomas

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AUDIOLOGY ADVOCATE | Prepare to Engage

For the better part of two years, the 2016 presidential election has captured the nation’s attention and dominated the local, state, and national news. Now that the dust has settled from this election, it’s time for the Academy to identify and pursue our legislative and regulatory priorities for the upcoming year. In addition to a new Presidential Administration, the 115th Congress will begin on January 3, 2017. As policymakers move into new roles, now is the time for the audiology community to jump into action.

Topic(s): Advocacy, audiology, Political Action Committee (PAC)

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CODING AND REIMBURSEMENT | Important Changes to Quality Reporting for 2017

Did you know that at the end of 2016, the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) ended and was replaced by CMS’ new Quality Payment Program (QPP)? This means that 2016 was the final year in which providers, including audiologists, were eligible to participate in the PQRS program. 

Topic(s): Coding, Reimbursement

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Publication Issue: Audiology Today March/April 2017

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CODING AND REIMBURSEMENT | Communication with the Coding and Reimbursement Committee: How Members Contribute to Payer-Policy Advocacy

Many of you may be familiar with, or may have even used, the Academy’s e-mail box for submitting coding, reimbursement, and compliance-related questions. This centralized mailbox (reimbursement@audiology.org) allows the Academy’s Coding and Reimbursement Committee (CRC) to review and discuss all inquiries posed to the Academy. The CRC is able to research, discuss, and vet responses to questions received. Having a centralized system for answering questions serves many purposes.

Topic(s): Coding, Reimbursement, Advocacy

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Publication Issue: Audiology Today May/June 2017

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CODING AND REIMBURSEMENT | Audiology Organizations Address FAQs in New Coding Document

Members of the American Academy of Audiology’s Coding and Reimbursement Committee (CRC) and the Practice Policy Advisory Council (PPAC) often collaborate with other audiology organizations, including the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) and the Academy of Doctors of Audiology (ADA), to develop coding guidance based on frequently asked questions (FAQs). Most recently, the groups worked together to create guidance addressing various issues related to coding and reimbursement for audiology services.

Topic(s): Coding, Reimbursement

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Publication Issue: Audiology Today July/August 2017

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CODING AND REIMBURSEMENT | Speak Up! Help Establish the Value of Your Professional Services

Each November, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) publishes the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) final rule that lists the payment rates for all Current Procedural Terminology (CPT)© codes across specialties for the upcoming year. The MPFS not only impacts reimbursement from Medicare, but it also can be used as the model for establishing payment across many private payers. 

Topic(s): Coding, Reimbursement, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS), AMA RUC survey