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ACAE CORNER | The Importance of the Accreditation Site Visit to the Accreditation Agency and the Program

ACAE prides itself on having the most sophisticated, interactive, and up-to-date electronic system for accreditation not only for audiology, but the electronic platform rivals any other discipline for seamless data entry, retrieval, interaction between reviewers and programs, and ability to update with minimal effort. 

So why hasn’t all this wonderful technology done away with the (historically dreaded) site visit? The site visit remains critical to the accreditation agency and the program, and if done correctly, does not need to be dreaded by either party. 

Topic(s): Accreditation Commission for Audiology Education (ACAE), Accreditation

Publication Issue: Audiology Today May/June 2018

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ABA SOUNDING BOARD | Why Choose ABA Board Certification?

Joshua Huppert, AuD

Joshua Huppert, AuD

Assistant Professor and Pediatric Audiologist  | University of Miami Ear Institute, Miami, Florida

Topic(s): American Board of Audiology (ABA), Education, Certification, Professional Development

Publication Issue: Audiology Today May/June 2018

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SAA SPOTLIGHT | Get On Our Level!

As members of the Student Academy of Audiology (SAA) Board, we often hear that one of the greatest challenges local SAA chapters and our student members face is incorporating advocacy into their daily and chapter activities. When students think about advocacy, it tends to be on a large scale. We envision pictures of students standing in front of the Capitol in Washington, DC. with their folders, clipboards, and leave-behinds.

Topic(s): SAA - Student Academy of Audiology, Students, Advocacy

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FOCUS ON FOUNDATION | Highlights from AAA 2018 in Nashville

The Foundation was proud to be part of the AAA Annual Conference as the Academy celebrated its 30th anniversary in Nashville. There were many memorable moments in Music City; three AAA 2018 highlights in particular include the Foundation’s annual Auction 4 Audiology, the Marion Downs Lecture in Pediatric Audiology, and the launch of the exciting new public awareness project, the publication of patient stories in a memorable book, Voices of Hearing Wellness.     

Topic(s): American Academy of Audiology Foundation (AAAF), AAA Conference, Pediatric

Publication Issue: Audiology Today May/June 2018

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AUDIOLOGY ADVOCATE | Academy Kicks Off 116th Congress with In-Person Congressional Visits

The 2018 mid-term elections left a reshaped Congress, with nearly 100 new representatives and senators coming to Washington, DC. This much turnover has led to great opportunities for the Academy’s government relations department to build relationships with new members of Congress, many of whom have not held elected office before. The new class is the most diverse and the most educated in congressional history.

Topic(s): Advocacy, Medicare Telehealth Parity Act (MTPA), Medicare administrative contractors (MACs)

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Publication Issue: Audiology Today May/June 2019

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ACAE CORNER | Comorbid Conditions Associated with Hearing Loss: Another Challenge in Educating AuD Students

A growing body of research confirms a connection between hearing loss and a variety of chronic diseases and disorders (for reviews see Abrams, 2017; Besser et al, 2018). The medical term “comorbidities” is appearing increasingly in the audiological literature and also in clinical conversations about patient diagnosis and management. Audiologists have long known that specific often acute disease processes are related directly to different types of hearing loss. 

Topic(s): Accreditation Commission for Audiology Education (ACAE), comorbidity, Hearing Loss

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Publication Issue: Audiology Today May/June 2019

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ABA SOUNDING BOARD | ABA Is Changing for You!

Twenty years ago, a group of Academy members came together to develop a certification that would serve audiologists by verifying credentials in an independent process that offers an alternative to the American Speech–Language–Hearing Association Certificate of Clinical Competence–Audiology. They developed a program of rigorous education and experience verification with strong continuing education requirements and called it Board Certified in Audiology, in recognition of the substantial requisites.

Topic(s): American Board of Audiology (ABA), Education, Professional Development, Professional

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Publication Issue: Audiology Today May/June 2019

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SAA SPOTLIGHT | Red Bird Mission: An Opportunity for Humanitarian Audiology

One of the Student Academy of Audiology (SAA) Development Committee’s goals is to promote humanitarian work among our chapters. We believe these kinds of experiences allow students to develop a broader perspective in audiology by acquiring important skills to practice empathy and compassion as a fundamental part of interaction with a patient. Consequently, this committee is working on creating opportunities to develop these kinds of skills. 

Topic(s): SAA - Student Academy of Audiology, Humanitarian

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FOCUS ON FOUNDATION | Fundraising at AAA 2019

The AAA Foundation’s mission is to support public awareness, education, and research, and the AAA 2019 conference successfully demonstrated this mission! Overall, Columbus, Ohio, was a great place for a conference and for the Foundation. There were many events and activities throughout the week, beginning with the Foundation Board of Trustees meeting on March 26 to focus on the activities of the second half of the year and to gear up for the conference excitement. 

Topic(s): American Academy of Audiology Foundation (AAAF)

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Publication Issue: Audiology Today May/June 2019

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CODING AND REIMBURSEMENT | New Medicare LCD Process—What You Need to Know

Local coverage determination (LCD) policies issued by Medicare administrative contractors (MACs) serve as the workhorse of Medicare coverage policy. About 90 percent of coverage determinations are made through LCDs. Coverage policies include a defined list of services the insurer will cover and specific exclusions. Medicare provides coverage of services that are determined to be “reasonable and necessary” for Medicare beneficiaries. If a specific item or service is not covered under an LCD, this does not mean it isn’t covered. Claims may be adjudicated on a case-by-case basis.

Topic(s): Coding, Reimbursement, Practice Management, Medicare, Medicaid, Local coverage determination (LCD), Medicare administrative contractors (MACs), Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)

Publication Issue: Audiology Today May/June 2019