President Trump signed a new executive order that directs federal agencies to identify and recommend COVID-19 regulatory waivers that should be made permanent.
CMS has issued numerous waivers and multiple rules to ease regulatory burdens on the health sector during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The newly signed executive order asks federal agencies to look at the waivers they have made and determine “which, if any, would promote economic recovery if made permanent.”
The order directs agencies to send those reports to the White House Office of Management and Budget, the Assistant to the President for Domestic Policy, and the Assistant to the President for Economic Policy.
Audiologists were added to the list of Medicare providers able to provide services via telehealth in the last round of issued waivers.
Academy Provides Recommendations to Congress on Remedying Health-Care Workforce Shortages
The American Academy of Audiology responded to a request for information issued by the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee seeking input on strategies to remedy current health-care workforce shortages. Academy comments urge congressional leaders to approve federal appropriations to fund the recently enacted Allied Health Workforce Diversity Act (AHWD). This funding would…
Minnesota Becomes First State to Screen for Viral Infection Connected to Newborn Hearing Loss
The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) became the first state in the nation to screen all newborns for congenital cytomegalovirus (cCMV), a common viral infection that can have serious health effects for children if not detected early. This common virus can lead to hearing loss in about 20 percent of diagnosed cases. Minnesota passed…
CMS Releases Updated Guidance on AB Modifier
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released further guidance for audiologists on billing for services using the AB modifier for limited direct access. Effective January 1, 2023, the new Medicare policy for limited direct access allows audiologists to see beneficiaries without a physician order for non-acute hearing conditions and to bill 36 CPT codes using…