AT News December 2011
From the President
Let Me Hear from You: The Year in ReviewBy Therese Walden, AuD
With 2012 looming ahead of us, and 2011 in the rear-view mirror, we can’t rest on our laurels nor focus on missed opportunities. We have to continue to participate, to achieve, to engage, to cooperate, to enjoy, to acknowledge, and to act. Read more…
In the News
Academy Analysis of the 2012 Physician Fee Schedule Final RuleOn November 1, 2011, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule final rule (MPFS) that updates payment rates and other policies under the Medicare physician fee schedule for services furnished on or after January 1, 2012. The following provides American Academy of Audiology (Academy) members with a comprehensive summary of the areas critical to the audiology profession. Read More…
Looking to Hire an Audiologist at AudiologyNOW?Beginning December 28, when employers purchase a 30-day posting and indicate they are attending AudiologyNOW!, their job will remain visible through the end of AudiologyNOW! That's up to 90 days of visibility for the price of 30 days. Visit the HEARCareers site for more information.
Print Your Official 2011 Transcript by January 31, 2012All members can print a continuing education transcript anytime—online! It is your responsibility to print your official 2011 transcript by January 31, 2012. Hint: The best time to print your 2011 transcript is between January 16–31, 2012—waiting until then will allow time for all CEUs to be entered into your record. After January 31, only 2012 CEUs will be available to print. To view or print a transcript of your 2011 CEUs, logon to your member profile page here.
Practice Management Tip of the Month—Keep in TouchKeep in touch with those patients who have left your office "thinking about it." Mail out information pertaining to better hearing, improved communication, and benefits of amplification. Consider sending a personal letter to let them know you are here to help when they are ready. They cared enough to make an appointment to come in for their hearing and it's a good idea to follow through, even if they are not making an immediate decision. Read more…
Auction 4 Audiology: Boston Preview! Ends FridayWhy wait to make your plans for AudiologyNOW! 2012? Grab Boston bargains in entertainment, dining, and accommodations before it's too late! The auction ends at 12:00 pm ET on Friday, December 9, and all proceeds benefit the AAA Foundation. Read more…
Lessons from the AAA Foundation TrenchesNew Foundation Board member Joscelyn Martin, AuD, recently wrote a guest post on the blog of former Foundation Board member A.U. Bankaitis, AuD. Check out some interesting things Joscelyn learned so far in her first few months as a trustee. You're guaranteed to learn something, too! Read more…
Coding, Reimbursement, and Compliance
Itemizing/Unbundling: A Current Hot Topic in AudiologyIf you are wondering how to begin this process in your office, the Academy offers these essential resources:
New Otoacoustic Emissions CPT Screening Code and New Code Descriptors for OAE CPT Codes 92587 and 92588
Effective January 1, 2012, there will be a new OAE code, 92558, "Evoked otoacoustic emissions, screening (qualitative measurement of distortion product or transient evoked otoacoustic emissions), automated analysis" and new code descriptors for the existing OAE codes, 92587 and 92588:
NEW Advanced Beneficiary Notice (ABN) Must Be Used by January 1, 2012
HIPAA Version 5010—Deadline in Less than One MonthJanuary 1, 2012, is the deadline for the HIPAA 4010 to 5010 conversion, less than one month away, and an essential step in the ICD-10 code conversion process. You will want to check with your billing vendors, including your claims clearinghouse, to ensure that they are compliant with their systems and software. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has indicated that they will not accept 4010 claims after the January 1 deadline, which could result in delayed claims if your vendors are not in compliance. In addition, you will want to test the most common procedures you perform, to ensure a seamless transition in payment.
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