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COMPLIANCE | CMS Spotlight on Program Integrity and Provider Enrollment in Medicare, Medicaid, and CHIP

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently issued a final rule that provides more authority for CMS to address fraud, waste, and abuse in federal health insurance programs including Medicare, Medicaid, and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). The new rule aims to bolster the ability of CMS to fight fraudulent or other inappropriate activity before it happens and before providers are paid. 

Topic(s): Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), Medicare, Medicaid, Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP), Office of General Inspector (OIG), secretary of health and human services, Provider Enrollment, Chain, and Ownership System (PECOS)

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Publication Issue: Audiology Today November/December 2019

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FOCUS ON FOUNDATION | SAA Chapter Challenges: The Tradition Continues

In 2012, the Student Academy of Audiology (SAA) Board of Directors established the Chapter Challenges to encourage SAA members to work toward common goals, help further the profession of audiology, and increase public awareness about hearing health care. Two years later, Hearing Healthcare Recruiters (HHR) made a pledge to the AAA Foundation to fund the challenges for five years, markedly expanding the potential impact of the initiative.

Topic(s): SAA - Student Academy of Audiology, Hearing Health Recruiters (HHR), AAA Foundation, Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA)

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SAA SPOTLIGHT | You're More Than Just Your Member Number

The Student Academy of Audiology (SAA) is the national student organization of the American Academy of Audiology (the Academy) that serves as a collective voice for students and advances the rights, interests, and welfare of students pursuing careers in audiology.  

Our mission is to introduce students to lifelong involvement in activities that promote and advance the profession of audiology and provide services, information, education, representation, and advocacy for the profession and the public we serve. 

Topic(s): SAA - Student Academy of Audiology, Membership, JAAA - Journal of the American Academy of Audiology, american academy of audiology, SAA Conference

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Publication Issue: Audiology Today November/December 2019

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ABA SOUNDING BOARD | Pediatric Audiology Specialty Certification: A Panel Weighs In

The challenge for any certification program is to demonstrate the value of the certification. Depending on whether you are assigning value from the perspective of a patient, their family, the facility that you work for, or for yourself, the value is likely defined differently, and certainly not solely in monetary terms.  

Topic(s): Pediatric Audiology Specialty Certification (PASC), Professional Development, AAA Conference

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ACAE CORNER | A Career Devoted to Audiology Education: Remembering Pat Kricos

The first ACAE Corner article was published in the November/December 2011 issue of Audiology Today. As some of you may recall, the American Academy of Audiology Annual Conference that year was held in Chicago, with Richard Roberts serving as program chair.  

The inaugural ACAE Corner column, titled simply “On Accreditation,” was written by Gerald Church, then a professor in, and the director of, the doctor of audiology program at Central Michigan University.  

Topic(s): Accreditation Commission for Audiology Education (ACAE), In Memoriam, Audiology Today, Mentorship

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AUDIOLOGY ADVOCATE | Building the Future for Audiology

A new Congress offers hope. The American Academy of Audiology (the Academy), the Academy of Doctors of Audiology (ADA), and the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) opted to seize the moment to move forward together to seek a legislative strategy for the 116th Congress. Rather than individually pursuing legislative initiatives for the profession, the three organizations committed to working together to draft a single Medicare bill to advance the recommendations of the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) report.  

Topic(s): Advocacy, ADA, american academy of audiology, American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), Medicare, National Academy of Science, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM)

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AUDIOLOGY ADVOCATE | Time to Activate to Advocate

With the 116th Congress already over a quarter under way, the Government Relations Committee (GRC) urges Academy members to get involved. It is an exciting time for audiology, with the Academy actively working and collaborating with other organizations on new policy initiatives. The audiology voice in numbers is critical for the profession in advancing these initiatives.

Topic(s): Advocacy, Patient care, Hearing, Hearing Aids, Hearing Loss, Healthcare, Medicare Audiologist Access and Services Act, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), Medicare, Balance/Vestibular, Adult

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ACADEMY NEWS | Clinical Practice Guidelines for Cochlear Implants Now Available

Cochlear implants are auditory sensory devices designed to provide auditory perception for individuals with significant hearing loss. A majority of individuals who use a cochlear implant have the ability to understand speech in quiet and complex listening environments, and children who were born with hearing loss are now able to develop excellent auditory and spoken language skills with the device. 

Topic(s): Practice Management, Patient care, Cochlear Implants (CI), Hearing Assistive Technologies (HAT)

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ACAE CORNER | A Stroll Down Different Undergraduate Pathways Leading to Doctor of Audiology Programs

I received the above e-mail message while preparing the manuscript for this article. A colleague at the University of Hawaii referred this undergraduate student to me after she had initially inquired about audiology from a family medicine physician at the university. As a permanent part-time professor at the University of Hawaii (living in Maine and Florida), I teach three online prerequisite courses for academically, geographically, and culturally diverse cohorts of undergraduates interested in applying to a graduate program in audiology or speech pathology. 

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

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ABA SOUNDING BOARD | The Skinny on the Tier 1 Continuing Education Requirement for ABA Certification

Tier 1 continuing education units (CEUs) were conceived to be one of the rigorous requirements of American Board of Audiology (ABA) certification programs. ABA Certification awardees were required to earn 15 hours of Tier 1 CE credits per three-year certification cycle. The original requirements for Tier 1 offerings called for three-hour, in-depth classes with interactive learning opportunities. 

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