AT News October 2011
From the President
Let Me Hear from You: A Call to Action—Throwing Down the GauntletBy Therese Walden, AuD
Thomas Jefferson is credited with having said, "We in America do not have government by the majority. We have government by the MAJORITY WHO PARTICIPATE (my emphasis)." That makes perfect sense to me. Since I last discussed our legislative initiative of direct access in my July AT E-Newsletter, we have more than doubled the number of co-sponsors on this common-sense legislation to 37! That's a good start, but it only represents about eight percent of the possible co-sponsors in the House (435 total). Read more…
In the News
Members' Only Area of Web Site UnavailableDuring the week of October 3–7, the password-protected areas of this Web site will be unavailable, while we upgrade our membership log in system and database. We appreciate your understanding.
Childhood Hearing Screening Guidelines Now PublishedAn Academy task force has recently completed the board-approved practice guidelines for screening the hearing of children age 6 months through high school. Read more…
Academy Ethical Practice Guideline PublishedReview the recently Board-approved Ethical Practice Guideline for Relationships with Industry for Audiologists Providing Clinical Care. Read more…
Practice Management Tip of the MonthMake it personal! Take a few moments out of your day to let your patients know you care about their hearing success and well-being. Send a handwritten thank you note or make a quick phone call to check in on your patients. Also, sending a birthday card, get-well card, or anniversary flowers when possible adds an impressive touch and helps keep patients loyal to your practice. You can find great templates and information under the Resources and Tools section.
eAudiology Coding Series Continues with Medicare Enrollment and Regulations (Session 2 of 5)In response to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) tightening the requirement of the revalidation of all Medicare providers by March 23, 2013, the enrollment process will be reviewed by Debra Abel, AuD. Updates in Medicare policies will also be discussed. Join us on November 8. Read more…
AudiologyNOW! 2012 Submit to the Call for PresentationsShare your research and knowledge with fellow students and audiology professionals. The submission deadline is Monday, October 3 for learning modules, exhibitor courses, student educational sessions, and industry updates. Read more…
Science Fair Recruitment Opportunity for State Audiology OrganizationsLooking for a way to encourage the audiologists of tomorrow? Attend your state science fair! State audiology organizations can now apply for a stipend to fund science fair awards for local secondary school students. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis through March 15, 2012. Read more…
2011 Empowering People Scholarship RecipientsThe AAA Foundation is pleased to announce that $5,000 Empowering People scholarships have been awarded to Amy Badstubner, Samantha Gustafson, Alison Kemph, Caithlin MacNeil, and Imola Major. The AAAF thanks the Oticon Hearing Foundation for their philanthropic support of this new scholarship program.
Call for Nominations for ACAE Board of DirectorsThe Accreditation Commission for Audiology Education (ACAE) is seeking nominations for its board of directors beginning in 2012. The commitment to serve on the ACAE Board is an exciting and critical one for the profession of audiology. It is a rewarding opportunity to be part of promoting excellence and quality in audiology education. We are looking for candidates who demonstrate integrity, excellence in academic and/or clinical knowledge/skills/competencies and a willingness to make a difference in audiology. If you would like to nominate someone or yourself, go to the ACAE Web site and click on “Opportunities” in the sidebar for the nomination criteria and a nomination form.
Coding, Reimbursement, and Compliance
CMS Revalidation Letter—You Must Respond Within 60 DaysAll providers and suppliers enrolled with Medicare prior to March 25, 2011, will be required to revalidate their Medicare enrollment information under the new risk screening criteria required by the Affordable Care Act. Your Medicare contractor will send you a letter, requiring you to revalidate before March 25, 2013, but you must act within 60 days of receipt of the notice, or face the deactivation of your Medicare Provider Transaction Access Number (PTAN) and the ability to bill Medicare for audiology services.
Newly enrolled providers and suppliers who submitted their enrollment applications to their Medicare contractor on or after March 25, 2011, will not be required to revalidate for another five years. Your Medicare contractor will begin mailing revalidation request notices before March 23, 2013, and is requesting that you do not submit your information until you receive the notice requesting you to revalidate. Read more…
Medicare Enrollment Form for Referring Physicians—NEW!One of the new requirements in the Medicare program mandates that non-enrolled physicians who refer Medicare beneficiaries to you for assessment, must have a Provider Transaction Access Number (PTAN), utilized strictly for those referrals. Non-enrolled physicians may file new enrollment form, CMS-855O, to obtain a PTAN, including those who have no intention of enrolling in the Medicare program. If your referring physicians do not have a PTAN, your claims may be denied.
HIPAA Version 5010—Are You Ready?January 1, 2012, is the deadline for the HIPAA 4010 to 5010 conversion, approximately 21 months prior to the ICD-10 transition, an essential step in that 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 been testing Medicare claims for several months and have indicated that they will not accept 4010 claims after the January 1 deadline. This could result in delayed claims if your vendors are not in compliance. In addition, you will want to test the procedures you do the most, to ensure a seamless transition in payment.
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